Swansea V Sunderland

Swansea To March On

With high-flying Chelsea taking a break from the Premier League to play Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup this Friday evening, Swansea have an opportunity to draw level on 9pts, and keep their 100 per cent record intact as they entertain Sunderland.

Many feared for the Welsh side after the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool, but under new boss Michael Laudrup they have simply been a revelation in each of their first two games. The 5-0 destruction of QPR at Loftus Road was followed by a pass-fest at home to West Ham, and the 3-0 scoreline did not do them justice.

The swift passing game brought in by Rodgers has not been tampered with, and indeed the third goal against the Hammers by Danny Graham had a touch of Barcelona about it. No wonder the tag ‘Swansealona’ is being used by both supporters and the media.

In contrast, Saturday’s visitors Sunderland battled hard to come away from the Emirates with a goalless draw on week 1 of the new season, and were denied the opportunity to show what they could do at home when last week’s match against Reading was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The Black Cats have made two important signings of late, Striker Steven Fletcher from Wolves, and winger Adam Johnson from Manchester City, as Martin O’Neill bids to inject the firepower that was sadly lacking last term.

This then looks a fascinating clash between two sides that both faded at the end of last season, and who were widely tipped to be among the relegation candidates this term. On the evidence so far though, Swansea’s attack is already the finished article, and they will be confident of scoring a couple at least, despite Sunderland’s coup in signing two very good players.

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