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Swansea vs Sunderland: Stalemate looks on but Swans may just nick it

| 27.08.2011

For the first time in almost two decades Swansea will play host to Sunderland and it’s a match that can help shape the two clubs’ seasons.

Swansea are yet to win but put up a spirited performance in the defeat to Manchester City and a goalless draw against Wigan proved they are still tough to topple at home.

Sunderland picked up a valuable point at Liverpool but lost at home to Newcastle last weekend and Steve Bruce knows a consecutive defeat here would not go down well with the Mackems.

Match Odds

Swansea are the slight favourites at 11/8, but with both teams currently sitting on one point in the Premier League table, the draw looks the best bet at 9/4.

Brendan Rogers will be targeting this game as a potential three points considering Sunderland’s lacklustre start to the season, but neither side has been prolific in front of goal and we can expect a dour game at the Liberty.

John O’Shea is in line to make his Sunderland debut but it’s up front where Steve Bruce is struggling and with the Mackems reliant on Asamoah Gyan, this has stalemate written all over it.

Total Goals

Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 may just be the best bet of the weekend.

Last season, Swansea’s home defensive record was remarkable and while they conceded four at Manchester City, they held Wigan to a goalless draw at the Liberty.

The Swans have not yet managed to score in the Premier League and considering Sunderland have managed to score just once this season, it’s hard to see this match being a goal-fest.

A 0-0 draw is available at 8/1 and looks the pick of the correct score bets, but if anyone is to sneak a win here it’s Swansea and a few may be tempted by the 7/1 for a 1-0 Swansea win.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.