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Swansea v Sunderland: The standout money-making angles

| 06.02.2015

Three wins in Sunderland’s past six all-competition fixtures has taken some of the pressure off gaffer Gus Poyet, but the Black Cats have their work cut out for them on the road at confirmed mid-tablers Swansea.

We’ve dug down into the data with calculated keenness to bring you the three best bets at the Liberty Stadium:  

Swansea double chance @ 2/9

This may seem a prohibitive price, but Sunderland have only won twice on the road in the Premier League this term, with their last top-flight away victory coming in a highly charged Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle.

That being said, no side has drawn as many times as the Black Cats in the division this term, with Manchester United and Crystal Palace the only outfits to share the spoils more on the road.

Add in the fact that only top-six chasers Southampton, Spurs and Chelsea have won at the Liberty Stadium this season and you’ve got what looks to be a banker in backing the Swans to avoid defeat.

Ki Sung-Yueng to score the first goal @ 12/1

The South Korean’s three Premier League goals this season have all been openers, with his past two coming in Ki’s last six appearances before captaining his country to runners-up spot in the Asian Cup.

With little competition for an opener within the Swansea ranks, now Wilfried Bony has gone and with Gylfi Sigurdsson still suspended, the 26-year-old begs to be backed against the side he turned out for on loan last term.

Under 2.5 goals @ 13/20

Jonjo Shelvey’s strike in the 1-0 win at Southampton last time out was the first by a Swansea player in the Premier League not scored by Bony or Sigurdsson for six games.

Bearing that in mind, it would be foolish to rely on Garry Monk’s hosts bagging a hatful at home, and Sunderland have averaged less than a goal a game on the road in the league this season, so backing unders looks safe.

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

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Alex Fortune