Preview: Sunderland v Swansea

Swansea City will be desperate for a win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, in order to keep their Premier League destiny in their own hands.

Sunderland's relegation was confirmed a fortnight ago with defeat against Bournemouth, but instead of giving up entirely they bounced back well with a 2-0 win away from home over Hull City last time out.

While the club as a whole has nothing to play for but pride, many of the Black Cats' squad will be playing to prove they are top-flight quality and earn a transfer to another Premier League club for next season.

The Swans are currently 17th and just a single point above Hull and the relegation zone. Their recent form has seem them lift out of the top three with wins over Stoke and Everton and an impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Despite their form and Sunderland's predicament, they would do well not to underestimate their hosts at the weekend. Premier League survival is the name of the game and manager Paul Clement admitted there would be much to celebrate if the Swans maintained their top-flight status.

"In the context of the situation – three managers in one year, bottom at the halfway point with only 12 points, massive goals conceded – I think, absolutely yes, we can celebrate if we stay in the league," he said ahead of the match.

His opposite number, David Moyes, is already thinking about life in the Championship and believes Sunderland are a big enough club to attract top players to the north east next season.

"Sunderland will be the biggest club in Championship, and that should help us attract players," he said.

"There are different parts to it – if you buy youngsters, there are no guarantees; if you buy senior players they help you initially but you don’t get resale value – all these things are part of it. We have to look and see what is the best way to do it."

The Black Cats have a lengthy injury list including the likes of Jan Kirchhoff, Brian Oviedo and Lee Cattermole, but no fresh concerns and are expected to name an unchanged team for Saturday.

Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel are set to make their returns from injury for Swansea, but likely only from the bench, while Jefferson Montero and Nathan Dyer remain sidelined.

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