Swansea will hope to maintain their fine league record against Sunderland when the two Premier League strugglers clash at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.
Veteran midfielder Leon Britton will make his 500th Swansea appearance as manager Alan Curtis rings the changes for the Premier League visit of Sunderland.
Curtis rotated heavily for the FA Cup defeat to League Two Oxford on Sunday and will recall the likes of skipper Ashley Williams, Lukasz Fabianski, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew for the crunch relegation battle at the Liberty Stadium.
Jonjo Shelvey appears to have played his last game for the club as the England midfielder closes in on a £12million move to fellow strugglers Newcastle.
Sunderland captain John O’Shea faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.
The Republic of Ireland defender was withdrawn during the second half in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Arsenal due to a calf strain and will be assessed on Wednesday morning. Recent signing Jan Kirchhoff could be available to cover, subject to international clearance.
Boss Sam Allardyce, who has no other new injury or suspension worries, is expected to rotate his squad having made seven changes at the weekend. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone, midfielder Yann M’Vila and forwards Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe are among those expected to return.
- Swansea have lost just one of their last 15 league meetings with Sunderland (W6 D8 L1).
- Seven of the last 10 league meetings between Swansea and Sunderland have ended in a draw.
- Sunderland’s last victory away at Swansea City in the league was back in November 1963, losing four and drawing three of their league trips there since.
- Swansea have scored just 10 goals in their last 16 Premier League matches and have failed to score in nine of these games.
- Sunderland have picked up just four points in their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D1 L9).
- Jermain Defoe has scored both of Sunderland’s goals in their last two Premier League meetings with Swansea (both 1-1 draws).
- No Premier League game at the Liberty Stadium this season has seen a goal scored in the final 15 minutes – the only ground not to do so.
- Sunderland have allowed their opponents 54 more shots on target (124) than they have attempted themselves (70) in the Premier League this season; the biggest negative difference.
- Just 24.5% of Swansea City’s Premier League passes this season have been in the attacking third of the pitch; a league-low.
- Sunderland have averaged the fewest successful passes in the opposition half per game (124) and have the lowest passing accuracy in the opposition half of the pitch (62.81%).