Sunderland vs Swansea City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

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Sunderland will be looking to bounce back quickly form Tuesday night's League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke City when Swansea City visit the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats are one of three teams in the top-flight that have failed to register their first win of the season inside the opening five games, with Gus Poyet’s men drawing four encounters, including their goalless stalemate at Burnley last Saturday.

Meanwhile Swansea City will still be celebrating their first-ever win over Everton after reaching the third round of the League Cup with a superb 3-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.

Garry Monk’s side have also been impressive in the Premier League despite back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Southampton, with the Swans still lying in fifth place after winning their opening three fixtures against Manchester United, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Sunderland 1 (Borini) Swansea City 3 (Dyer, Emnes, Bony), Premier League, May 2014

Swansea City 4 (Bardsley OG, De Guzman, Bony, Fletcher OG) Sunderland 0, Premier League, October 2013

Sunderland 0 Swansea City 0, Premier League, January 2013

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Garry Monk

 

STATS…

Swansea City have the longest losing streak in the Premier League after consecutive defeats to Chelsea and Southampton respectively.

Swansea City’s Nathan Dyer is the Premier League’s joint third highest goalscorer after three goals in five appearances so far this season.

Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has the second highest amount of assist this season (4), only Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has more (6) so far this season.

Swansea City have lost just once in their last 12 meetings with Sunderland in all competitions, including six wins.

Saturday’s fixture will only be the seventh Premier League meeting between the two clubs, with Swansea City winning twice and Sunderland registering the one win.

Saturday’s fixture will be the 29 meeting between the two clubs, with Sunderland leading the way with 12 victories compared to Swansea’s eight.

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has scored twice in is two appearances against Sunderland since joining Garry Monk’s side last summer.

Sunderland won their opening six meetings against Swansea City at their old ground Roker Park, with the first encounter dating back to February 1937 in the FA Cup.

ODDS…

Sunderland to win: 2.7

Swansea City to win: 2.6

Draw: 3.25

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Swansea City cruised to their first home win of the 2013-14 season last year on October 19 after convincingly defeating Sunderland 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

After a goalless first-half, Black Cats defender Phil Bardsley put the ball past his own goalkeeper Keiron Westwood to gift the Swans the lead on 57 minutes.

Netherlands international Jonathan de Guzman doubled the hosts lead within 60 seconds of the restart before Wilfried Bony scored from the penalty spot and Steven Fletcher netted the games second own goal of the afternoon with ten minutes remaining to seal a miserable day for Gus Poyet’s men.

TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 10.30pm on Saturday.

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