Sunderland v Swansea City

Barclays Premier League

Venue: Stadium of Light Date: Saturday, 22 August

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)

Match Stats

Possession

50

50

Shots

0

0

On target

0

0

Corners

0

0

Fouls

0

0

TEAM NEWS

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is expected to make changes to the starting line-up in the wake of dispiriting back-to-back defeats.

Jordi Gomez is nearing a return to fitness but will not be considered this weekend.

Ki Sung-yueng is Swansea's only fitness doubt for the game against one of his former clubs.

The South Korean midfielder suffered a hamstring injury on the opening day of the season at Chelsea.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Conor McNamara:

"It says everything about Sunderland's start to the season that even the betting company that sponsors their shirts have made The Black Cats

odds-on favouritesÂ

for relegation.

"While Swansea have been easy on the eye in their opening two games, Sunderland's performances have been difficult to stomach.

"Dick Advocaat shed a tear when safety was secured in May. His team's defending in their opening two games has been tear-inducing of a different kind.

"John O'Shea played more last season than any other Sunderland player. He has not been involved at all so far this campaign. Expect his experience to be recalled for this one."

Twitter: @ConorMcNamaraIE

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat on the team's crisis meeting:

"People like to know what we have said but that is something between the team and myself. It was a positive meeting from both sides and we know what we have to do, so hopefully we can show that on Saturday.

"We must see a team that is well organised because that was our strength last season, and Swansea showed in the past two games that they have a very good side."

Swansea City manager Garry Monk:

"The last two [Sunderland games] are out there, everyone's seen them, but I think they'll be dangerous.

"I've been in positions before when I've put in performances that have been criticised and your reaction as a person, as a player and a team is to bounce straight back, especially at home in front of your own fans.

"I'm sure that's what they're going to do. We expect them to be a lot more drilled, a lot more organised than they have been and a lot more determined.

"The bottom line is they have good players and it's only two performances."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Swansea have been very impressive so far this season but you have to think we will see some kind of reaction from Sunderland after their terrible start.

Lawro's full predictions v comedian Jack Whitehall

The last time Sunderland lost their opening two top-flight matches was in 2005-06

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea have lost just one of their 12 top-flight games against Sunderland.
  • The Swans are unbeaten in their last six games against the Black Cats, although four of those were drawn.

Sunderland

  • The Black Cats have conceded 12 times in their last six Premier League home games.
  • They are winless in the last 17 Premier League games in which they conceded the opening goal (D3, L14).
  • The last top-flight match in which they conceded first but recovered to win was away to Chelsea in April 2014.
  • The last time they did so on home turf was against Blackburn in December 2011.

Swansea City

  • The Swans have attempted 36 shots in their opening two games (including blocked efforts), registering 16 attempts on target.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has netted seven times in eight league games, while Andre Ayew has five goals in his last seven appearances (two in two for Swansea, three in five for Marseille).
  • Jonjo Shelvey has created nine goalscoring chances this season, the joint-highest figure in the top flight (along with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla).
  • Jefferson Montero has attempted 19 dribbles so far this term, more than any other player in the Premier League.

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