Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Newcastle United will beat Swansea City 2-0 at St. James' Park this afternoon.
Newcastle head into the game having beaten League Two side Luton Town 3-1 in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, but their Premier League form has been patchy.
The Magpies have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five Premier League games, and manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping for some consistency in 2018.
Newcastle sit just two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone, and face a vital game this afternoon against bottom club Swansea City.
The Swans recently appointed Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager, and they drew 0-0 away at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup last weekend.
A defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out in the Premier League means Swansea still sit bottom of the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety.
Swansea need points quickly, and pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks they will suffer another defeat, predicting a 2-0 win for Newcastle.
Lawrenson believes that Newcastle face a frustrating month in their pursuit of new signings, but they will still have enough to beat Swansea this afternoon.
“Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still trying to bring players in - but might have to face up to the fact that this is going to be a frustrating month for him and just get on with things,” said Lawrenson. “Even if they don't sign anyone, I would still give the Magpies more hope of staying up than Swansea.”
“Swansea also need new players but I don't know who they will be able to sign that could make a difference and, from the sounds of it, neither does their new manager Carlos Carvalhal. If Rafa thinks he has it hard, then he should probably ask Carvalhal what he is thinking at the moment,” he added.