Preview: Lads host Swans on Wearside

Sunderland AFC are back on home soil this Saturday to take on Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship (3pm).


Swansea City currently sit 18th in the Championship table having won nine, drawn nine and losing 15 times in 33 fixtures.

The Swans have just one win in their last eight fixtures.

The two sides met at the Stadium in November with the game ending 0-0 with the ten-man Swans as Charlie Patino picked up a red card after 30 minutes.

Luke Williams was appointed new head coach at the start of the year. The 42-year-old succeeded Michael Duff who was dismissed at the beginning of December.

Williams started his playing career at Norwich City but hung up his boots following five knee operations between the ages of 19 to 23.

The former Bristol Rovers youth prospect became a development coach at Brighton in 2010 before having spells at Swindon Town, Bristol City and Notts County.

During his time with Notts County, his side earned a club record 107 points, achieving promotion through the play-offs defeating Chesterfield.

The following season, Williams departed for South Wales leaving County fifth and having scored 55 goals, the highest across England’s top four divisions.

His first game in charge ended in a 2-0 victory over Morecambe in the FA Cup. Patino and Jerry Yates grabbing the goals.

Since the appointment, the Swans have won two, drawn one and lost six.

During the current campaign, Yates leads the goalscoring charts for his side with eight goals in 36 appearances across all competitions.

Team News

Jack Clarke looks set to miss the game after rolling his ankle in last week's game against Birmingham. The winger will step up his recovery over the weekend with an assessment due on Monday.

The weekend comes too soon for Elliot Embleton and Patrick Roberts whilst Dennis Cirkin continues to recover from hamstring surgery.

Corry Evans has undergone light training with the first-team this week whilst Aji Alese and Bradley Dack have been on the grass stepping up their rehabilitation.

Niall Huggins is ruled out for the remainder of this season after knee surgery.

Dan Ballard will miss the next two games as he begins a two-match suspension.

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