Sunderland Focus – Mackems looking to bring Swansea’s excellent start to a halt

Coming off another good showing, this time against Morecambe in the Capital One Cup, Sunderland will be looking to build on a very positive start to their campaign. A surprising but much welcomed result against powerhouse Arsenal on opening day help set the tone for what should be a very exciting season at the Stadium of Light. Next up is Swansea City, scorers of eight goals in their first two games and off to a remarkable start to the season. They will provide a stiff test for the Mackems who play their next Premier League game away from home.

Swansea have picked up where they left off last season, only this time around they look one of the better sides in the Premier League. It is far too early to crown them champions but Michael Laudrup has his side playing some elegant football. Even with the future of starlet Scott Sinclair in doubt, Swansea will pose a real threat.

With new boy Jonathan De Guzman pulling the strings in the middle of the park and Miguel Cuesta – Michu – and Danny Graham formidable threats up front, the Black Cats will have to bring their best to the Liberty Stadium if they are going to come away with a positive result. Swansea’s smooth passing game and lightning quick wingers will pose a real challenge for Sunderland’s defence, a challenge that will have to be taken seriously by Martin O’Neill.

Although Swansea will be anxious to continue their good early run, Sunderland fans will be looking to stop them in their tracks in order to maintain their own unbeaten status. With Stephen Fletcher and Adam Johnson raring to make their Premier League debuts for the Black Cats, O’Neill will have a few more weapons than he did the last time out.

Whether in midfield or attack, O’Neill has plenty offensive options allowing him to change up tactics depending on the opposition. The upcoming game against Swansea will be interesting as he has to decide whether to go with a more attacking line-u[ in the middle of the pitch, which may result in Sebastian Larsson playing in a central midfield role as opposed to out on the wing, or stay with a more defensive look due to Swansea’s attacking nature. Either way, the moves made in the transfer window now give O’Neill various options to work with which is exactly what he would have wanted.

Sunderland fans will be looking for some attractive and entertaining football as they hope to put an end to Swansea’s dominant start to the season. With their new boys in tow things are looking up for the Black Cats and a convincing win over their Welsh rivals will be cause for celebration. O’Neill has a reputation for being a good motivator and it will be interesting to see what kind of football his team plays this season especially with added quality in the squad. The trip to Swansea should give another glimpse of things to come for Sunderland.

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