PREVIEW: Sunderland v Swans
11th May 2014
The Swans will be looking to end the season on a high when they travel to Sunderland on Sunday (3pm).
Garry Monk - who was named permanent first-team manager last week - takes his side north for their final game of a long campaign.
Sunday's clash will be Swansea's 54th of a gruelling season that has seen it's fair share of highs and lows.
But both teams are looking forward to playing Premier League football again next season - with Sunderland escaping the drop in dramatic fashion.
After being seven points adrift of safety back in April, four straight wins has seen the Black Cats move out of the bottom three at the expense of Norwich, Cardiff and Fulham.
Gus Poyet's first game in charge was at the Liberty Stadium back in October as Sunderland were thrashed 4-0.
Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole are both doubtful for the hosts, with Gus Poyet expected to make a number of changes.
The Swans are without Angel Rangel (groin) and Michu (ankle), while there could well be changes to the side that lost at home to Southampton last time out.
WHAT THEY SAID
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "We are not going to do anything crazy, but there are two, three, maybe four players who deserve to play. They have to play.
"They've been supporting the team every day, and they need to finish the season with a feeling that they've played their part.
"This has not only been achieved by the 11 on the pitch. It's achieved every day in training with the 26 or 27 players who are training every day."
Swans boss Garry Monk: "We really want to finish off with a positive result for our fans.
"We were disappointed to concede late on against Southampton, in a game where we deserved at least a point.
"To come away from the game with nothing was hard to take, so we need a reaction. That's what we've been working on all this week.
"We want to finish as high in the league as possible. We are in for a very tough match, but one that we are very much looking forward to."
- Sunderland have named the same starting XI in their last five league games - the only team to have done so this season
- The Black Cats have not won five successive Premier League games since October 1999
- Three of Swansea's last five games have ended in 1-0 defeats
- Wilfried Bony has scored five goals in his last five Premier League away games
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