Swansea City v Sunderland – Match Preview

An encouraging draw against Wigan last week gave Swansea their first Premier League point, whilst Sunderland suffered through the agony of yet another Tyne Wear derby defeat.

The hosts put on a very good performance against the Latics last week after the thumping they suffered at the hands of Manchester City on the opening weekend. It was the response manager Brendan Rodgers was looking for and will be confident of taking maximum points against Sunderland. With goalkeeper Michael Vorm already elevated to hero status after two games and Scott Sinclair showing flashes or early brilliance Rodgers could be line for his first Premier League win as a manager.

His Black Cats counterpart is under serious pressure to deliver a win after the ignominy of losing to fierce rivals Newcastle United for the second time in three games. Questions have been asked about Bruce’s team selection especially up front with £13 million signing Connor Wickham yet to start a game. Stephane Sessegnon and Asamoah Gyan are expected to start up front at the Liberty Stadium and need to start scoring goals to alleviate the pressure on their boss. John O’Shea could return from a hamstring injury to make his debut although a place on the bench is more realistic.

With Swansea still coming to terms with their Premier League existence they will be playing without fear. Sunderland on the other hand look like a team of individuals with so many new faces through the door they’ll face a tough task to overcome the confident Swans

Key Players

[player_profile slug=”scott-sinclair” align=”left”]Scott Sinclair – The winger was in top form against Wigan last week and his pace and trickery making a real threat to Sunderland’s defence. Yet to score this season but that could change against the Wearsiders.
[player_profile slug=”asamoah-gyan” align=”left”]Asamoah Gyan – Another striker yet to get off the mark this campaign he needs to start scoring goals if Sunderland are going to achieve their first three points in Wales on Saturday.
Verdict: 2-1