Sunderland v Swansea City Betting Tips: Corners the way to go at Stadium of Light

15:00/May 13

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City.

These two teams have been struggling at the wrong end of the table all season with Sunderland already relegated down to the Championship whilst Swansea are just one point above the drop-zone with two games left to play.

Sunderland had been clinging to their Premier League status by the tips of their fingernails for a number of years now and their relegation was certainly a question of when rather than if it happened. They clearly have the shackles off now and demonstrated so by beating relegation-threatened Hull City in their last outing.

As you would expect for the team rooted to the bottom of the table, Sunderland have struggled at both ends of the pitch this campaign with just 28 goals scored and 60 conceded. The clean sheet in that aforementioned victory against Hull was their first in nine matches whilst the fact that their second-highest goalscorer behind 15-goal Jermain Defoe is Victor Anichebe with a poor three tells you all you need to know.

With that win against Hull coming away from home, it means that the Black Cats’ home record continues to be diabolical with no win in any competition at the Stadium of Light in their last ten matches. Furthermore, they have failed to find the back of the net in all but one of their last seven on home turf.

Swansea took advantage of Hull’s loss to Sunderland and made a massive step towards survival by beating Everton last time out, extending their unbeaten record to three. If they win at the Stadium of Light and results go their way, they could secure survival this weekend.

The Welsh side have long been known as a side who play attractive, attacking football, however, in recent times they have had to dig in and be defensively resolute and the fact that they have conceded just one goal in their last three matches is testament to this. In fact, the Swans have not conceded two or more goals in a match in their last five outings. Although they have had to play in a more conservative fashion in their survival mission, Swansea still carry a threat going forward with striker Fernando Llorente in particularly good form at the moment with two goals in his last three matches.

However, one huge downer for Paul Clement’s side going into this match is their dreadful away form. Their 1-1 draw away at Manchester United a fortnight ago was the first time that Swansea had picked up a single point on their travels in six matches whilst it was also the first time they had scored in four away games.

These sort of matches are usually very low on quality and I expect we could see the same here with not many chances created. With a lack of decent prices on the goals market, in what could be a lacklustre affair, ‘Under 9.5 Corners’, at 6/5, looks attractive. There have been less than 10 corners in each of Swansea’s last six away Premier League matches.

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