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6th Sep, 2017 | 11:07am

Quinn delivers verdict on Newcastle trip to Swansea, states duo must start

By Derek Smithson

Mick Quinn believes that Newcastle United can defeat Swansea in their upcoming Premier League clash, while also stating that midfield pair Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden must start.

The Magpies travel to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday for a Premier League clash as domestic football returns after the international break.

Rafael Benitez’s side earned their first points of the season in their last game as they crushed West Ham 3-0 and will be hoping to continue that form into the Swansea match.

Ex-Newcastle striker Quinn claims that his former side can pick up a win at the weekend and has identified the duo he wants to keep their places following their performances against West Ham.

“Swansea City are beatable,” Quinn wrote in the Chronicle. “ I said at the start of the season, if we could wrack up points from these earlier games, that would be great. I’d take a point at Swansea.

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“I think you have to stick with Merino and Isaac Hayden after the West Ham game; there were lots of positives and it was important we won that game. Three goals, a clean sheet and confidence.”

Benitez may have a big decision to make in his starting XI as central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey returns from suspension, meaning the Hayden-Merino combination could be under threat.

Shelvey played an integral role in helping the North East club obtain promotion last season from the Championship and is expected to play a big role moving forward.

Meanwhile, Hayden is recognised as the defensive rock in the centre of the park and Borussia Dortmund loanee Merino has impressed since his summer move to St James’ Park.

Newcastle will be desperate for another positive result against what could be a relegation rival in Swansea.

In other Newcastle United news, Shay Given has aimed a hilarious dig at Alan Shearer for his time at St James’ Park.

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