The Swans against The Black Cats

Last updated: January 7, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 7:45pm
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDWDL
Away form: WLLLL
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

After 5 consecutive defeats in The Premier League, Sunderland finally won a game. The Black Cats won 3-1 against Aston Villa in the last round and collected 15 points. They are lying in 19th position and if they beat Swansea on Wednesday, Sunderland will have a big chance of avoiding relegation. In spite of the big number of defeats, The Black Cats are playing pretty well and are showing great confidence in their recent matches. If they keep playing that way, they won’t have any troubles in staying in the division.

On the other hand, Swansea bosses are still looking for a new manager. The Swans aren’t in their top form. In addition, they are too unlucky, losing to Manchester United and Manchester City after late goals. Is this the last Swansea’s season in The Premier League? If The Swans don’t improve their performance then relegation is the only way out!

But the history is on Swansea’s side. The Black Cats have never won at The Liberty Stadium. The Swans have recorded 3 victories and 3 draws against Sunderland at home. So, Sunderland’s players don’t have good memories from visiting Swansea.

Team News

Eder is the only injured Swansea player. The Portuguese is suffering from an ankle injury. He has appeared on 12 occasions this season.

Youness Kaboul of Sunderland is having a hamstring problem. The defender is expected to return to full training within a week.

Matthews, Rodwell and Larsson are also injured for Sunderland. Seb Larsson is suffering from a knee injury, while Rodwell is having a hamstring problem.

Jermaine Defoe showed top form in the Black Cats last match against Villa, scoring twice. The veteran striker has now scored 6 goals in total.

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Sung-Yong, Montero, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Emnes, Bartley, Dyer, Shelvey, Barrow, Britton.
Injured: Eder.
Not available:
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Brown, Jones, O’Shea, van Aanholt, M’Vila, Cattermole, Johnson, Watmore, Defoe, Borini.
Subs Pantilimon, Lens, Graham, Yedlin, Coates, Fletcher, Toivonen
Injured: Larsson, Kaboul, Matthews, Rodwell.
Not available:

So far this season

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Swansea this season Sunderland this season
17 League Position 19
3 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (1)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
3 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (8)
0-3 to Arsenal and Leicester Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Everton
Ayew (6) Top scorer Defoe (6)
Montero, Shelvey, Naughton (2) Assist Leader M’Vila (4)
Y32, R0 Discipline Y39, R2
9 Failures to score 7
5 Clean Sheets 3
9 Both Teams to Score Games 10
10 Over 2.5 Games 11
10 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Swansea have won only 3 of 10 home games this season. The Swans have lost on 3 occasions and have finished with a draw 4 times.
  • Sunderland have recorded only 1 away victory so far. The Black Cats beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on 23rd November 2015.
  • Both teams have recorded 3 consecutive draws in their Head to Head battle. The last match ended with a 1-1 draw at The Stadium of Light.
  • The most impressive Swansea victory over Sunderland was recorded on 19th October 2013, when The Swans beat The Black Cats 4-0 at The Liberty Stadium.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/08/15 The Premier League Sunderland 1-1 Swansea Gomis 45′
07/02/15 The Premier League Swansea 1-1 Sunderland Defoe 42′
27/09/14 The Premier League Sunderland 0-0 Swansea
11/05/14 The Premier League Sunderland 1-3 Swansea N. Dyer 7′
19/10/13 The Premier League Swansea 4-0 Sunderland P. Bardsley (OG) 57′