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Premier League

  • September 1, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: R. East
  • • Attendance: 20350

Premier League Preview: Swansea - Sunderland

Premier League Preview: Swansea - Sunderland

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New signings Pablo Hernandez and Adam Johnson could both feature on Saturday, as Michael Laudrup's men aim for three points to equal their longest winning streak in the top flight.



Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ranger
De Guzman, Michu, Britton
Dyer, Graham, Routledge

Brown, Cuellar, Kilgallon, O'Shea
McClean, Cattermole, Gardner, Johnson

Michael Laudrup is unlikely to tinker with a Swansea side which has taken maximum points from its opening two Premier League games without conceding a goal.

Scott Sinclair is likely to have completed a switch to champion Manchester City before Saturday afternoon, leaving Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer to continue out wide, with Danny Graham leading the line in attack. New signing Pablo Hernandez could well earn a place on the bench.

Martin O'Neill may well opt for a 4-5-1 system in a bid to stifle the Swans midfield, with Stephane Sessegnon, who has just penned a new three-year deal with the club, likely to start in behind Steven Fletcher. Adam Johnson could be in line to make his Premier League debut for the Black Cats, with Sebastian Larsson set for the bench.

Wes Brown (knee) and David Vaughan (hernia) will not be risked, while Phil Bardsley (ankle) remains sidelined until after the international break.

  • Swansea has won its last three Premier League matches in a row, losing just one in seven.
  • Midfielder Michu (pictured, right) has a perfect shots-to-goals ratio so far this season, having scored three times from three efforts on target.
  • The Swans have scored eight goals from just 11 shots on target so far this season
  • Despite the season being in its infancy, Michael Laudrup's side will equal its longest winning streak of last season with victory on Saturday.
  • The Swans failed to score against the Black Cats in both matches last season - only three other sides managed to shut out the Welsh outfit.
  • Sunderland is without a win in its last eight Premier League matches, failing to score in five of those.
  • Martin O'Neill's side has only picked up 13 points in its last 15 games.
  • Its 2-0 win over Swansea back in January was its only win over the Welsh side in eight attempts.


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1Michel VormGoalkeeper
3Neil TaylorDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
19Titus BrambleDefender
7David MeylerMidfielder
25Fraizer CampbellStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
8Louis SahaStriker

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