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Swansea v Sunderland: Hosts aim to build on terrific start

| 01.09.2012

Swansea have enjoyed a tremendous start to their league campaign so far, firing eight goals without reply en route to recording two wins from two games.

Michael Laudrup has picked up where Brendan Rodgers left off at the Liberty Stadium, and his new charges are 6/5 to make it three wins from three.

In Sunderland they face an outfit that is also yet to concede, but one which has played only once after their proposed fixture with Reading last week was postponed.

Therefore, Martin O’Neill’s men have only a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal to show for their efforts, with the chances of another stalemate here priced at 23/10.

Sunderland are the same price to secure victory in Wales, and in doing so claim their first win at Swansea since 1964.

However, it should be noted that meetings since then have been irregular, and a low-scoring encounter could come to fruition again here, as it has tended to most recently.

Indeed, a 0-0 draw emanated from this fixture last season, and punters can have 9/1 regarding the possibility of a repeat of that here.

Home side Swansea meanwhile, who didn’t concede at the Liberty in their opening four Premier League games last term, are 13/8 for a clean sheet, which appeals.

The travelling Mackems will fancy their chances of registering though, particularly with exciting new signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher set for debut league appearances.

Punters can bet on both teams to be the first to breach the other this season at 5/6, whilst 10/3 is the price attributed to a score draw in Wales.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Fletcher is most favourable to open the scoring for the visitors at 6/1, whilst Johnson is 12/1 to strike first.

For the home side, Michu already looks a bargain signing, and the Spaniard can be backed at 6/1 to add to his three goals so far by breaking the deadlock.

And Danny Graham is 9/2 favourite to bag first, in the aftermath of two goals from his last two games in all competitions.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee