MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland v Swans

27th September 2014

The Swans go in search of their second win in the space of five days when they face Sunderland on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's side head to the Stadium of Light on the back of a 3-0 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup.
That win put Monk's men into the fourth round after what has been a fine start to the season at the Liberty Stadium.
With three league wins to their name already, the Swans sit fifth in the Premier League and face a Sunderland side who are still searching for their first win of the campaign.
Gus Poyet's men have drawn four of their opening five games and bowed out of the cup in midweek following a home defeat to Stoke.

Sunderland pair Will Buckley and Billy Jones are expected to start after impressing against Stoke in midweek, while Poyet will make late decisions over the fitness of Steven Fletcher, Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and Wes Brown.
Wilfried Bony returns to the Swansea squad after serving a one-match suspension, while Jordi Amat and Leon Britton are the only absentees for the visitors.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "I would like to think that we are heading in a good direction. We are okay, the players are quite happy.
"They know their role in the team, there is good competition, we have got options. Yes, we play the game to win, but it's going to be the same the week after.
"It's not as if you win two games and then you can lose the next one. That's not the mentality that we want."

Swans boss Garry Monk: "It's nice to go into Saturday's game after a win, because wins give you momentum. I think we are only going to get better from here.
"This weekend is a tricky game for us, but we have to go there with confidence and impose our game on them.
"We'll be aware of the quality they have and we'll have to start the game well."

  • Sunderland conceded seven goals to Swansea last season, only Arsenal and Tottenham scored as many against the Black Cats
  • Along with Liverpool, Swansea are one of two teams yet to draw this season. Sunderland have drawn a league-high four times this term
  • Swansea have kept only three clean sheets in their last 18 Premier League games
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted four Premier League goals this season; he has never recorded more than four in a single campaign in England
  • In six Premier League meetings, Sunderland have managed just one victory over the Swans and scored a total of just five goals in those games
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