Premier League Betting: Sunderland v Swansea - Fan v Fan Preview


Sunderland perspective: Martyn McFadden, A Love Supreme

Team news

It's still unclear whether Lee Cattermole will be back in the side after his injury. He returned too early a few weeks back only to extend his spell on the sidelines, and that can't happen again. New defensive midfielder Alfred N'Diaye looks to have been bought to replace 'Catts' though, so it's not as big an issue as it would have been a month ago.

Form

We have been on a good run recently after a nervous period in November. Results against Wigan, Southampton and West Ham have shot us up the table, but a defeat to Bolton in the FA Cup taints things slightly. We only have one recognised senior striker at the club now (Steven Fletcher) with Connor Wickham itching for a spell in the first team. Many believe this meeting with Swansea will pave the way for a Danny Graham deal, and although he has fans divided given his Geordie roots, we do need a striker.

Head-to-head

We really should have won last time out against Swansea, when Steven Fletcher scored two on his debut. We also enjoyed playing them last season, with Craig Gardner scoring an absolute corker. That being said, Swansea are a completely different side now: the Capital One Cup finalists look very dangerous and have their own goal machine in Michu. Even though our history against the Swans isn't bad, I can't see us getting a win, or at least not an easy one.

Best bets

Alfred N'Diaye to score at 10.50. We love Big Alf, so stick some money on him to score and he'll show you why he's something to get excited about.

Both teams to score at 1.78. Both sides have lethal frontmen, so this should be the banker bet.

Over 4.5 goals at 8.25. The ground's going to be a bit hard and it's going to be chilly, so I think both keepers might just freeze up a bit.

Score prediction: Sunderland 3-1 Swansea (20.00)

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Swansea Perspective: James White, SCFC 2

Team news 

The Swans have a full squad to pick from and should be full of confidence after their Capital One Cup success. The team had a weekend off and so the first-choice 11 will probably pick itself, other than who to play on the wings.

Wayne Routledge (who has just signed a new three-year contract) and Pablo Hernandez are likely to start, although Nathan Dyer has been pushing for a place. He links well with Michu (who will start up front) and with Jonathan De Guzman, who sits at the top of a three-man midfield.

Form

The Swans are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games. A few of these have been draws, but when you throw in the cup games against Chelsea and Arsenal, then it's only one defeat in 11 games. That's an incredible achievement for a team that was supposed to struggle with the rigours of 'second-season syndrome'.

Most pundits would probably agree that after the Swans' win at Stoke, the club has secured it's Premier League status for another year. This, coupled with an appearance in a first ever major cup final, will send Michael Laudrup's side out in a buoyant mood.

Head-to-head

Sunderland are one of only a few teams in the Premier League that the Swans haven’t beaten in the past 18-months. Most Sunderland fans will feel confident of getting something from the game, especially after they dominated this fixture last season, winning 3-0.

Swansea should have beaten Martin O’Neils team earlier this season, only for Steven Fletcher to score twice from Sunderland's two shots on target, to force a draw. So, the head-to-head would seem to be marginally in Sunderland's favour.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 1.74. I don’t expect to see a lot of goals in this game. The Swans are tough to break down defensively and their tactics away from home, give them solidity and resilience. 

Swansea to score a penalty at 8.00. Swansea have not been awarded a single penalty this season and it could be worth a punt that their luck will change.

Sunderland half-time/Swansea full-time at 36.00. Statistics show that Sunderland would be in the top four if games finished in the first-half, while Swansea would be top based on their second-half results. So Sunderland at half-time/Swansea full-time is worth a small-stakes bet.

Score prediction: Sunderland 0 Swansea 0 (10.00)

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