Sunderland v Swansea City: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this Sunday's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light
Sunday 11 May 2014
Going into the final game of the season these two teams sit together mid table with Swansea one point ahead of Sunderland in 13 position with 39 points. Swansea's recent appointment of Garry Monk as their permanent manager last week should make for a gritty match away at Sunderland.
Sunderland have named the same starting XI in their last five Premier League games in a row (the only team to have done this in 2013/14) but with their place in the league secured, Gus Poyet could be making as many as four changes with Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole both having knocks. Swansea's Michu is a doubt due to his ongoing ankle problem and Angel Rangel could also miss out with a groin injury.
This week, Wilfred Bony was named Swansea's Supporters Players of the Year, Players 'Player of the Year, Top Goalscorer and Best Newcomer after an emphatic debut season with the Swans scoring 24 times. It was a slow start for the striker this season with the Premier League rookie failing to score in his first 11 away appearances, but as it stands he has scored 5 in his last 5 away games. Bony, who is excited for the World Cup will take it to the whistle this Sunday in the hope of scoring, "another couple of goals against Sunderland".
Swansea have only won one of their 11 league games at Sunderland, and with 3 of the 5 premier league meetings drawn, Swansea will need Bony's recent reputation to proceed him this Sunday. Despite Sunderland's Premier League position secured for next year, Poyet will want to maintain their dominant home position over Swansea.
KICK OFF: Sunday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS
Swansea 4 (Bardsley, de Guzman, Bony, Fletcher) Sunderland 0, Premier League, October 2013
Sunderland 0 Swansea 0, Premier League, January 2013
Swansea 2 (Routledge, Michu) Sunderland 2 (Fletcher, (og Chico), Premier League, September 2012
Sunderland haven't lost at home to Swansea in all of their Premier League matches.
Sunderland have won just one of their previous 12 Premier League games on the final day of the season.
Swansea have won 39 points so far this season and regardless of the result in this coming match, they can't match their previous PL - low of 46 points in 2012-13.
Three of the five Premier League meetings have been drawn.
Sunderland to win: 11.8
Swansea to win: 11.5
Latest in Sport
Manchester United teased by Monaco after claims they could have signed 'Luis Suarez of Neymar' instead or £58m Anthony Martial
Former Manchester United star Karel Poborsky goes full hipster
Manchester United hit back at Real Madrid by claiming they let David De Gea 'slip through their fingers into the back of the net'
Premier League Power Rankings: Eden Hazard and Harry Kane continue to slip but Wayne Rooney has to perform against rivals
Serie B introduces 'green cards' to promote good behaviour, fair play and sportsmanship
- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 4 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 5 Bryan Cranston speaks candidly about wealth
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be