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Sunderland 1-1 Swansea City: Black Cats grab first point of season

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  • Sunderland grab first point of season
  • Gomis now has three goals in three games
  • Ayew hits crossbar for Swans
  • Defoe levels late in the game

Sunderland fought back to grab a point against Swansea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring in first half stoppage time but Jermain Defoe scored an eerily similar goal in the second half to split the points.

With the draw Sunderland has one point from their opening three games, while Swansea is still unbeaten with five points from three matches.

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It was a slow burner to start with at the Stadium of Light as both teams felt their way into the game. Defoe went close after a cross flashed into the near post and Sunderland looked more dangerous than Swansea. Yann M’Vila’s free kick caused some problems in the Swansea defense but Danny Graham’s overhead quick was saved easily be Lukasz Fabianski.

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Jefferson Montero had a great chance before half time but after patient build up play he slammed an effort into the side-netting at the near post.

In first half stoppage time Kyle Naughton slotted in an inch-perfect pass to Gomis and the Frenchman made it three goals in three games with a fine finish into the far corner. Cue the wild panther celebration. 1-0 to Swansea.

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In the second half Sunderland improved and new signing Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside. Swansea regained dominance soon after as Andre Ayew headed Jonjo Shelvey’s cross onto the bar and the Ghanaian forward headed wide soon after as Sunderland’s defense continued to struggle.

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With 25 minutes to go the Black Cats were level as Defoe got free in the box and slotted home with ease. 1-1. Game on at the Stadium of Light. Gomis went so close to giving Swansea the lead as Costel Pantilimon saved superbly at point-blank range. Soon after Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a shot just over the bar as Swansea pushed to go ahead once again but in the end had to settle for a point.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City

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  • Stoke swept Spurs last season
  • Tottenham leads all-time 43W-20D-25L
  • Spurs 7W-2D-5L since Stoke’s PL return

Stoke City and Spurs both fell victim in tight contests against tough opening day foes, and it barely gets any easier when the two square off at White Hart Lane on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

USMNT veteran Geoff Cameron’s Potters will be looking to keep up their mastery of Spurs after last year’s sweep by a combined score of 5-1. Both matches did see a Tottenham player earn a red card, with Kyle Naughton sent off while Spurs trailed 2-1 in the first match, while Vlad Chiriches’ sending-off in the second match came in the 55th minute with Spurs already down 2-0. Ugly stuff.

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Tottenham fell 1-0 to Manchester United on opening weekend in a listless affair that could’ve gone either way, or just as easily ending 0-0. Kyle Walker’s own goal was the only thing that broke the stalemate, while the Potters and Reds also could’ve ended 0-0 had Philippe Coutinho not scored a wonder goal to send Liverpool past Stoke.

Spurs will be competing this week and into the future without Roberto Soldado, who’s been sold to Villarreal and will return to La Liga.

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What they’re saying

Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino is happy to be home: “They’ve got a lot of quality in the team, so we have to be aware of the danger they bring. But at home we want to win every game and that’s the mentality we’ll have for Saturday.”

Stoke defender Erik Pieters on facing Spurs: “We have to dare to play in the big games, and with the players we have here now we can play good attacking football and put other teams under pressure, whether we are at home or away. We had a good result against Tottenham last season at White Hart Lane and we want to do the same again. We believe that we can go there and win the game. That is what we will be looking to do.”

Prediction

Given their respective slates always looked tough, one of these teams could be looking at a zero-point total in the Premier League basement despite such high expectations to open the season. Home field does feel like the tipping point here, though Spurs’ relative consistency with their squad might also be what brings Tottenham past its still-gelling opponents. Give us Spurs by a 2-0 margin, but also some leeway: Stoke is good.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City: Chamakh goal marks otherwise friendly match

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Crystal Palace finished their outstanding second-half of the season with three points at home as Marouane Chamakh netted in the second half to earn the win before going off injured.

Palace looked the more dangerous side early, with Wilfried Zaha giving the Swansea defenders problems. He impressively skipped past a pair of visiting challengers in the 13th minute before Leon Britton was required to make a stout tackle.

The Swans mounted few attacks through the first half-hour, while Palace continued to test the goal of Lukaz Fabianski. Jason Puncheon and James McArthur

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It would take until after halftime, but the home side had the opener as Marouane Chamakh scored his second goal of the season. A corner went past the far post to Scott Dann, who headed it back centrally. Chamakh beat Bafetimbi Gomis to the ball, and he powered a header of his own on target and in.

Unfortunately, Chamakh clearly injured his hamstring just minutes later as he went down clutching his left leg, and he was replaced instantly by Jordan Mutch.

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There was little in the match after the goal, as both teams saw it out with little incident. Selhurst Park didn’t even see a yellow card until the 89th minute when Glenn Murray brought down Kyle Naughton with a naughty tackle.

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Alan Pardew steered Palace to a stunning top-half finish with a total of 48 points, good for 10th position, one point above Everton and two back of Stoke City. Swansea ended with 56 points to place them in eighth place.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Zaha, Jedinak, McArthur (Murray 36′), Bolasie (Campbell 82′); Puncheon; Chamakh (Mutch 66′).
Bench: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Lee, Mutch, Murray, Campbell.

Goals: Chamakh 57′

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Bartley, Richards, Britton (Grimes 70′), Cork, Emnes, Dyer (Barrow 64′), Montero (Gorre 84′), Gomis.
Bench: Tremmel, Hanley, Rangel, Fulton, Grimes, Gorre, Barrow.

Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Everton

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  • Swansea has never beat Everton in the league
  • Gomis has 3 goals in last 2 PL matches
  • Everton has 5 shutout in their last 10 games

Swansea City host Everton on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Swans aiming for a third-straight win and the Toffees searching for a fourth-successive victory.

Garry Monk’s Swansea side need one more win to reach their best ever points tally in Premier League history as they push on towards the top seven, while Everton are sitting pretty in midtable after an up and down season saw them crash out of the Europa League at the last 16 stage after their league form was impacted. Everton boss Roberto Martinez used to play with Monk at Swansea and then made Monk his captain when he managed Swansea, so both these managers know each other well and their sides play similar brands of attractive soccer.

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Swansea will be without Kyle Naughton but winger Jefferson Montero could make a comeback. Everton will likely be missing Romelu Lukaku once again, while Tony Hibbert, Brian Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady are all out.

What they’re saying

Monk on Swansea getting a record points tally: “A lot of people have questioned in recent weeks what we have to play for. It (points total) was one of the targets we set at the start of the season and we have a great chance to do that. We have seven games to go, we are one point behind it and hopefully we’ll surpass that and push on from there.”

Tim Howard on stopping Gomis: “Gomis is a top striker. He seems to be doing well of late and we will have our work cut for us. But we are playing resiliently at the moment and hopefully that will continue. We are going down there wanting to make it four straight wins. We feel good and one of the positives about playing well and getting results is you gain that air of confidence back. You go into each game high on life and looking to hopefully get another result.”

Prediction

Both teams are flying high and on the surface don’t have much to play for… But with players clamoring for starting spots and both sides eager to finish the season strongly, expect an entertaining game at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea will do a lot of the pressing but Everton’s defense has improved drastically in recent weeks. I am going for the Toffees to nick this one, 2-1.

Swans’ Naughton to miss season from Meyler’s high, red-carded tackle (video)

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The above tackle that earned David Meyler a red card will cost Kyle Naughton his season.

The ex-Spurs and current Swansea City man was caught by Meyler’s slide to the ankle in Hull City’s 3-1 loss on Saturday.

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There wasn’t a fracture, according to the BBC, but ligament damage will force Naughton off the field for six weeks.

Meyler will miss three matches as a result of the red card.

Swans boss Garry Monk was nicer than we’d be given the incident. From the BBC:

“I think it was a genuine 50-50 challenge,” said Monk.

“My initial reaction was it was a bad challenge, whether it was a red card or not I don’t know, but I don’t think there was any malice from the player [Meyler].

“He didn’t go in to hurt Kyle, but if your foot’s a little bit high and you go over the ball then you always run that risk [of getting sent off].”