Swansea City will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they travel to the North East to face winless Sunderland.
Gustavo Poyet’s men had chances in their last league game at Burnley, but at present they are simply not doing enough to win matches, and that showed again as Stoke City triumphed at the Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. The biggest consolation the Uruguayan can take is that his side are proving difficult to beat, with four draws from their opening five top-flight fixtures.
Visiting boss Garry Monk celebrated his appointment on a full-time basis with victory on Wearside on the final day of last season, but makes his latest visit having witnessed losses to Chelsea and Southampton.
The way they defended with 10 men against the Saints was admirable, and they are still playing with the same confidence which saw them win their opening three games, proved by a ruthless dismantling of Everton in the Capital One Cup.
Sunderland have slight doubts over several players, with Emmanuele Giaccherini, Steven Fletcher, Sebastian Coates and Connor Wickham all carrying knocks.
The away side should have Dwight Tiendalli back available, but are unable to call upon Jordi Amat, Leon Britton and Rory Donnelly. Wilfried Bony can play after serving his suspension on Tuesday.
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