Swansea vs Sunderland - Match preview and team news
Swansea will look to continue their impressive start to the season, which has seen them score eight goals in their opening two games, with victory over Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium. The Black Cats will have to be on form to stop Michael Laudrup’s side, but have their own attacking firepower which could cause problems in South Wales.
Martin O’Neill’s side were lucky to scrape a goalless draw from the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend and were comfortable in their 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Morecambe. New signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher started at the Stadium of Light with Johnson setting up both Black Cats goals, a promising sign for the Sunderland faithful.
Sunderland will also be boosted by the return of David Vaughan from a hernia problem and defender Wes Brown is also back in training after a knee ligament injury. The Black Cats are unbeaten in their only two Premier League meetings with Swansea and their 2-0 win last January produced two brilliant goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner.
Under Michael Laudrup, Swansea have kept their attacking ethos as well as being much improved as a defensive unit. Laudrup seems to have found a star in Michu, who has scored four goals so far in the Premier League. The Swans ripped West Ham apart in their last fixture and the Danish boss is expected to keep the same line up. Barnsley were also beaten easily 3-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek and confidence is high at the Liberty Stadium.
The only injury problem for Swansea is Garry Monk, who is suffering from a back injury. Swansea winger Scott Sinclair is not expected to feature against Sunderland, as he looks to make a move to Manchester City. Negotiations have been negative between the two sides, but Swansea seem resigned to losing Sinclair and have already replaced him with a move for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez.
Sunderland have been boosted by the signings of Johnson and Fletcher, but Swansea have been electrifying so far this season and should have no problems in front of their home crowd. Laudrup has his side playing great football and they could be a firm bet to keep another clean sheet.