FT: Sunderland 0 Swansea 0

ALL OVER. What an effort from Bramble to stop Graham capturing the headlines in the closing moments but the sides have to settle for a point each. Thanks for joining me. Report and reaction to follow.

Graham has a great chance to win it at the death but Bramble denies him with a fabulous challenge.

Just three minutes of added time to come. Can either side find a way through?

Connor Wickham comes on for Johnson who has had a frustrating evening.

Great chance for Swansea as Michu picks out Dyer at the near post but the midfielder puts his effort wide of the post. What an opening for Swansea.

Poor free-kick by Larsson falls fortunately for McLean but Swansea are able to clear and break.

Change by Swansea as Danny Graham - a reported Sunderland transfer target - comes on for Britton and is greeted by a chorus of boos.

McLean is cautioned for diving after he goes down when challenged by Chico.

Substitue Ki has a go from long distance but Mignolet saves without too much difficulty.

Lamah almost makes an immediate impact after a sloppy pass from Larsson but Mignolet is off his line quickly to smother the danger.

Sunderland also make a change with McLean on for N'Diaye

Another change for Swansea as Lamah is on for Hernandez.

Sessegnon wins a free-kick after a challenge by Williams. Gardner lines it up again and strikes it low but well wide of the post.

First change as Shechter makes way for South Korean Sung-Yeung Ki. Michu likely to push further forward now I'd imagine.

De Guzman swings in a free-kick which dips just over Mignolet's bar.

Sessegnon has been a menace since the second half kicked off and Britton is cautioned for bringing him down as he attacked the Swansea half.

Superb first touch by Fletcher to bring down Bramble's long ball. The striker goes down under Williams' challenge but the referee waves play on.

This is better from the Black Cats as they string a host of passes together but Swansea stand firm and Gardner wastes an attempted cross.

More urgency from Sunderland with Sessegnon at the heart of things as the hosts force another corner.

Sessegnon has looked lively in the opening skirmishes after the break and forces a corner which Larsson delivers but Swansea clear their lines.

Promising start to the second half from the Black Cats but Sessegnon can't quite find the killer ball.

We're under way again. No changes for either side.

The teams are back out again. Sunderland will be hoping to force the pace in the second period.

A Sky Bet update and Sunderland to beat Swansea 2-0 is now 14/1, while Fletcher to score first is 13/2.

That's the half-time whistle. The visitors have certainly bossed the game so far with Sunderland struggling to create any meaningful openings. Join me in 15 for the second half.

Just one extra minute to play of what has been a pretty pedestrian first period.

Hernandez sets up Michu 20 yards out but his left-footer is deflected wide for a corner which is half-cleared to Dyer but play is stopped as Ashley Williams goes down clutching his head. The big defender is up quickly though.

Davies finds space on the overlap but Vaughan gets across to cover the danger.

Finally a good move by Sunderland as Sessegnon and Fletcher link up to play in Johnson but the winger drifts offside.

Chico brings down Sessegnon 30 yards from goal. Gardner takes the free-kick but his effort is high wide and... well quite frankly... pretty ugly.

Johnson teases Tiendalli but the Swansea defender stands his ground and Sunderland have to go backwards to try and launch another attack.

De Guzman has another go from long range but his effort is blocked.

Ten minutes to the break and Sunderland have yet to have an effort on Swansea's goal, while the visitors have fired in seven shots.

Ambitious effort from Flores from distance, but it's way over.

While we await the first goal here, Newcastle are already 2-0 up in their clash with Aston Villa

Clumsy pass from N'Diaye allows Williams to nip in and steal the ball.

Fletcher caught on his heels as N'Diaye looks to play the striker in.

Larsson tangles with Dyer as he looks to instigate another Swansea attack.

Johnson delivers a free-kick left-footed into the Swansea box but the visitors stand firm.

Tiendalli hacks down Adam Johnson as he attempts to drive for the byline and the Swansea defender is the first to be booked. Larsson takes the free-kick but the visitors clear their lines.

Dyer sets up full-back Tiendalli but his right-footed strike lacks any conviction and is easy for Mignolet.

More neat interplay from the visitors before De Guzman over-hits his pass and the home side are able to clear their lines.

Super save from Mignolet to deny Chico at his near post. The Sunderland keeper got down well there as Swansea turn the screw.

Davies tries to open up Sunderland from the left but Larsson stands firm to volley clear. The ball finds Dyer 25 yards out but he slices his effort over.

Swansea spring from defence and Gardner is forced to block Michu's effort at the expense of a corner which is flicked away by Bramble.

Sessegnon forces the first corner of the evening but Tremmel has no problem gathering.

Dyer has the first shot of the night after patient build-up by the visitors but his effort is well off target.

Titus Bramble pumps the ball forward but Chico tidies up with ease.

Michu dropping deep as Swansea look to mount their first attack. Hernandez plays in a neat ball and Shechter goes down under challenge from O'Shea but referee Andre Mariner waves away the half-hearted penalty claims.

Foul by Davies on Sessegnon. Johnson takes the free-kick but it's cleared easily.

We're underway at the Stadium of Light as N'Diaye looks to play in Colback down the left but the ball is too long.

The team are on their way out. We are moments away from kick-off. Join me for an exciting 90 minutes of action.

Michael Laudrup has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash and insists transfer target Danny Graham is fully focussed on the job in hand.

An update from Sky Bet and Sunderland are 6/4 to win tonight with the visitors at 9/5. Michu is 13/2 to net first while Sessegnon is 8/1.

SwanseaJack7 has also been in touch via Twitter and says: 2-1 to the Swans. Michu and Graham to score.

@boydy190308 has been in touch via Twitter and predicts a 2-0 home win with goals for Fletcher and Gardner.

The home side are unchanged from their win at Wigan although Kader Mangane makes the bench. Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Bramble, N'Diaye, Vaughan, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

And the news is Graham does feature - but is only on the bench. Swansea:Tremmel, Tiendalli, Williams (c), Chico, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Dyer, Michu, Shechter.

I'll bring you team news shortly. Will be interesting to see if Sunderland transfer target Danny Graham features for the visitors.

Many eyes will be on Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher this evening. The Scotland international has scored the first goal of the game more often than any other Premier League player this season (six) but only seven of Steven Fletcher's 22 Premier League goals since the start of last season have been scored in home matches.

The omens are not too good for the visitors. My friends in the Sky Sports stats department have passed on this gem. The Swans' only win in 10 League visits to Sunderland was 1-0 in February 1982, a result which took John Toshack's side into 3rd in the old First Division.

Welcome to live coverage of Sunderland v Swansea. I'm Chris Harvey and I'll be taking you through all this evening's action. Got a pre-match prediction or any thoughts on either team? You can get in touch via Twitter - @skysportswebed - or email - chris.harvey@bskyb.com

Kick-off is 1945 GMT.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
A Villa v Newcastle
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Swansea v Burnley
Everton v Arsenal
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
Man City v Liverpool  
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Burnley v Man Utd  
Man City v Stoke  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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