Sunderland v Swansea City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this Sunday's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

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

STATS

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.

ODDS:

Sunderland to win: 11.8

Draw: 23.10

Swansea to win: 11.5

Suggested Topics
News
Young Winstone: His ‘tough-guy’ image is a misconception
people
News
David Ryall in Harry Potter
people
Arts and Entertainment
Man of action: Christian Bale stars in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
Sport
Adnan Januzaj and Gareth Bale
footballManchester United set to loan out Januzaj to make room for Bale - if a move for the Welshman firms up
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane
football
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca alongside Harrison Ford's Han Solo in 'Star Wars'
film
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
filmIdris Elba responds to James Bond rumours on Twitter
News
Hackers revealed Oscar-winning actress Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars in American Hustle
people
Arts and Entertainment
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children
bookNew children's book primes the next generation for politics
News
Outspoken: Alexander Fury, John Rentoul, Ellen E Jones and Katy Guest
newsFrom the Scottish referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
film
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
Voices
Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 6.9m viewers
voicesIt has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015