MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Sunderland

7th February 2015

The Swans will be looking to earn back-to-back league wins for the first time since December when they face Sunderland on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's side returned to winning ways last weekend with a fine victory against in-form Southampton - a result which saw the Swans move on to 33 points and up to ninth in the Premier League table.
However, they have won just once in their last four games on home soil, the 1-0 success over Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Sunderland, meanwhile, earned a crucial three points last weekend with victory over Burnley as Gus Poyet's side moved themselves four points clear of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats have won just once in seven Premier League games against the Swans, and were on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season.

Swans boss Garry Monk: "They (Sunderland) played well last time we met. It was a tough game and very physical.
"They will be tough opposition again this weekend and it will be a similar type of game. Hopefully we can produce a performance that warrants three points rather than one."

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "We are still in the process of trying to play in a certain way a bit better than we are doing - probably Tuesday (at Fulham) was one of the best days in those terms, passing the ball and controlling the game. We need to maintain that, and winning helps."

  • Swansea haven't lost back to back home matches at Liberty Stadium since January 2014
  • Sunderland have only won one of the seven Premier League meetings with Swansea (W1 D4 L2)
  • The Swans have scored exactly one goal in eight of their last nine Premier League matches, failing to find the net in the other game in that run
  • Of keepers to have made at least 10 saves, only Costel Pantilimon (78%) has a better saves to shots ratio in the Premier League this season than Lukasz Fabianksi (74%)
  • Sunderland have scored more own goals this season than any other team (5)
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