You replace a revered and respected manager at a club only just finding its feet in the top division after one terrific year and go and win your first two games, scoring eight times without reply. What looked like a tough gig has been made to look easy by Swansea City’s new man Michael Laudrup.
The Welsh outfit have been imperious in their first two outings this season, embarrassing QPR 5-0 on the opening day at Loftus Road before returning home to comfortably sweep aside West Ham 3-0 last Saturday. They are 6/5 to record another win against Sunderland this weekend.
The Black Cats have only been allowed to play one league game, a 0-0 draw at Arsenal, due to their home match with Reading being postponed last weekend.
As Swansea lost only four times at home last season, and with Sunderland only winning the same number away, I can’t help but look towards the likelihood of a third league win on the trot for Laudrup.
Martin O’Neill’s men then dispatched Morecambe in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday thanks to a brace from James McLean and the Wearsiders will be hoping the Irishman can reproduce the magic on the big stage of the Premier League.
Last season saw Sunderland triumph 2-0 at the Stadium of Light while a nil-all draw enthralled nobody at the Liberty Stadium in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
With new boys Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson likely to make their league debuts, the Mackem fans could get a taste of what they can look forward to for the rest of this campaign.
The north-east side can be backed at a decent 23/10 to emerge victorious on Saturday afternoon.
However, as Swansea lost only four times at home last season, and with Sunderland only winning the same number away, I can’t help but look towards the likelihood of a third Premier League win on the trot for Laudrup.
The fluidity of play created by the now departed Brendan Rodgers has been continued by the Danish coach, and some may even argue surpassed. The all-action play of Spanish import Michu, and his three goals in two games, has clearly helped the summer transition for the Swans.
The former Rayo Vallecano man can be found at 13/2 with bwin to open the scoring in this one.
Of course, a draw can certainly not be discounted given Swansea and Sunderland drew 23 games in 2011/12 between them (11 for the Swans and 12 for the Black Cats). A tie in this encounter can be backed at 11/5.
When it comes to the bwin top tip for this particular match though, I cannot look past a Swansea victory. So impressive have Laudrup and his charges been in their opening matches that my recommendation is that you place the free £20 bet you receive for opening a bwin account on another Swansea win to nil at 5/2.
Should the Swans get the job done in this fashion you will have £70 to celebrate with on Saturday evening.
Recommended bet: Swansea to win to nil @ 5/2
Outside punt: Swansea to beat Sunderland 2-0 @ 35/4
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