Sunderland will depend on the signing of mid fielder Steven Fletcher to aid their offensive attack against Swansea City .
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Michael Laudrup stepped into some tough shoes to fill after Brendan Rodgers vacated his office at the Liberty Stadium for the greener grass of Anfield.
But to give credit where it is due, Laudrup has come in and has carried on using the same philosophy and system as Rodgers but has added his own greater knowledge of Spanish football to the mix. Namely in the acquisition of Michu who impressed from central midfield with two goals on his debut as the Swans won 5-0 over QPR.
O'Neill has one of the most underrated defences in the Premier League with converted left back Kieran Richardson, ex-Manchester United star John O'Shea, new signing Carlos Cuellar and Phil Bardsley are all providing cover for one of the best keepers in the league, Simon Mignolet.
Their midfield is typically hardworking, whether O'Neill uses four or five, and it is of little surprise to see the club linked with Steven Fletcher due to their toothless attack.
If he can come in before Saturday, then this game will take a turn on its head as without a recognised striker, despite having the injury prone Louis Saha on their books, the Black Cats will struggle to convert chances.
Swansea City vs Sunderland Predictions: Sunderland wins Over Swansea City 1-2
Sunderland’s defense will not allow Swansea to go buck wild. The pace will be controlled by a sound offense attack hopefully with Steven Fletcher tied in to the mix
Swansea City vs Sunderland Betting Odds:
Swansea City 2.26 | Draw 3.30 | Sunderland 2.85
Pick: Sunderland 1.35 @ 1X2
Swansea City vs Sunderland Asian Handicap Betting Odds:
Swansea City -0.25 1.92 | Sunderland +0.25 1.98
Pick: Swansea City 59.88%
@SBOBet Asian Handicap Betting