SAFC V Swansea

Preview: Sunderland v Swansea

by Kate Smith

A look ahead to Tuesday night's game. (KO 7.45pm)

Sunderland host Swansea City on the back of winning three of their last four league games on home turf.

The Swans have only visited the Stadium of Light once before, a little over 12 months ago where stunning goals from Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon sealed a 2-0 victory.

The Black Cats have yet to taste defeat in the Barclays Premier league against City – winning one and drawing two of the three games they have played.

Their last meeting was in September, where a frenetic five minutes before the half time break saw Steven Fletcher score his first goal for Sunderland.

It was quickly cancelled out by Wayne Routledge at the other end, however, the striker put Sunderland back in front right on the whistle.

Swansea didn’t sit back and their endeavour paid off after top scorer Michu notched his fourth goal in three games to take a share of the spoils.

The Spaniard has amassed 13 goals already in his maiden season in England, with Sunderland’s top scorer Steven Fletcher on 10, following his brace last weekend.

Michael Laudrup brings his side to Wearside sitting ninth in the league; they are just five points ahead of Sunderland who are currently 11th.

The Black Cats head into the game as the in-form team having won four of their last six league outings, with Swansea picking up two wins in six.

Tuesday’s game with be the 26th meeting between the sides; the 22nd in league competition. Sunderland have been the dominant club in their previous meetings – winning 12, while there have been seven draws and six victories for the Swans.

Tickets are still available for Swansea's Tuesday night visit to the Stadium of Light, order your tickets online now. 

Opta Facts

Sunderland remain unbeaten in their three Barclays Premier League meetings with Swansea, winning one (2-0) and drawing two (0-0 and 2-2).

On their 12 visits to Sunderland in all competitions, the Swans have only ever enjoyed one victory, 1-0 in February 1982 in the old Division One.

Ki Sung-Yueng (22) has attempted the most shots (excl. blocked) without scoring a goal in the Barclays Premier League this season.

If matches ended at half-time this season, Sunderland would be 4th in the Barclays Premier League table, while if only the second half of PL games counted, Swansea would be 5th.

Steven Fletcher has scored the first goal of the game more often than any other Barclays Premier League player this season (6).

Seven of Steven Fletcher’s 22 Barclays Premier League goals since the start of last season have been scored in home matches (32%).

Fletcher has scored three goals in his previous two Barclays Premier League appearances against Swansea, but both of these games have been away. He netted two of these in his Sunderland debut back in September.

Sunderland have won five of their last eight Barclays Premier League games (W5 L3).

The Swans have suffered only two defeats in their last 14 Barclays Premier League matches (W5 D7 L2).