Sunderland take on Swansea City at the Stadium of Light this weekend after a disastrous start to the season for the Black Cat's while Swansea will be more than satisfied with the 4 points from 6 they've accumulated so far.
7 goals conceded in just 2 games with 3 scored at the other end makes Sunderland a great side to watch for the neutral with goal action and comedy defending being a staple of the entertainment, but for the Sunderland faithful it's just another game to dread while we scurry to strengthen going into the final week of the summer transfer window.
Following last Saturday's home defeat to newly promoted Norwich, manager Dick Advocaat called a 'crisis' meeting with his squad in order to iron out their problems and try to find a solution. The Black Cats will be praying for the that meeting to yield fruit.
Swansea fans will be delighted with their start, opening the season with an away point at champions Chelsea followed by a convincing victory of our rivals Newcastle. The Swans will be rubbing their wings together and burying their bills between the back of their shoulders at the prospect of playing Sunderland, and no doubt their fans will be expecting a victory, given the ease Sunderland have been turned over so far.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: D Bryan & M Scholes
Fourth Official: A Taylor
Sunderland Team News
Younes Kaboul has just joined Adam Johnson on the sidelines, while Jordi Gomez is still recovering from his knee Injury. The Swans game could come too soon for him. Dick will have a couple of decisions to work with like whether to install John O'Shea and Duncan Watmore, who scored on his Premier League debut last weekend. Any potential signing would unfortunately miss the deadline to play a part.
Swansea City Team News
Swansea have no new injury concerns, however Swans boss Gary Monk could toy with the idea of recalling ex Cat Ki Sung-Yueng to the line who's been building his fitness.
Last 10 league meetings
Sat 07 Feb: Swansea City 1 - 1 Sunderland
Sat 27 Sep: Sunderland 0 - 0 Swansea City
Sun 11 May: Sunderland 1 - 3 Swansea City
Sat 19 Oct: Swansea City 4 - 0 Sunderland
Tue 29 Jan: Sunderland 0 - 0 Swansea City
Sat 01 Sep: Swansea City 2 - 2 Sunderland
Sat 21 Jan: Sunderland 2 - 0 Swansea City
Sat 27 Aug: Swansea City 0 - 0 Sunderland
Sat 19 Mar: Sunderland 1 - 1 Swansea City
Sat 06 Nov: Swansea City 3 - 0 Sunderland
Sat 15 Aug 2015
Sunderland 1 - 3 Norwich
Sat 8 Aug 2015
Leicester 4 - 2 Sunderland
Sat 15 Aug 2015
Swansea 2 - 0 Newcastle
Sat 8 Aug 2015
Chelsea 2 - 2 Swansea
In amongst last weekend's horror show a new signing by the name of Yann M'Vila made his debut, though looking a little out of shape he still completed 90 minutes in style as he clocked up a very very impressive 96% pass accuracy. The Black Cats should be looking to get the ball to him as well as finding space to receive it.
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Opta Stats & Facts
- Swansea have lost just one of their 12 top-flight games against Sunderland.
- The Swans are unbeaten in their last six games against the Black Cats, although four of those were drawn.
- The Black Cats have conceded 12 times in their last six Premier League home games.
- They are winless in the last 17 Premier League games in which they conceded the opening goal (D3, L14).
- The last top-flight match in which they conceded first but recovered to win was away to Chelsea in April 2014.
- The last time they did so on home turf was against Blackburn in December 2011.
- The Swans have attempted 36 shots in their opening two games (including blocked efforts), registering 16 attempts on target.
- Bafetimbi Gomis has netted seven times in eight league games, while Andre Ayew has five goals in his last seven appearances (two in two for Swansea, three in five for Marseille).
- Jonjo Shelvey has created nine goal scoring chances this season, the joint-highest figure in the top flight (along with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla).
- Jefferson Montero has attempted 19 dribbles so far this term, more than any other player in the Premier League.