Sunderland under-23s have the chance to avoid defeat for the fifth game running on Sunday afternoon as they face Swansea City in the Premier League 2.

The Black Cats’ 0-0 draw at Leicester City last time out saw them go four games unbeaten after beating Exeter City and Grimsby Town before rescuing a late draw against Legia Warsaw.

Elliott Dickman’s side sit 10th in the table prior to kick-off and could move as high as eighth with a win tomorrow, with the Swans currently occupying that position in the league.

Despite their solid form of late Sunderland have not won a home game in the Premier League 2 since a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on August 11, with goals from Ethan Robson and Denver Hume securing three points on the day.

Following the draw at Leicester that lifted his side out of the relegation zone, Dickman told safc.com: “Some of the lads haven’t played much football but they have stuck at it and I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads.”

“We want a bit more quality, but we were up against a very physically strong side and the fact we have matched them and come away with a point is a positive.”

Joel Asoro will not be involved in Sunday’s game after coming off the bench in the first-team’s 2-0 win over Burton Albion on Saturday.

The Swans have suffered from inconsistent form since their Division 2 title win last season that saw them promoted to Division 1 of the Premier League 2.

They have lost three of their last five games in all competitions, with those defeats coming against Manchester United, Everton and Leicester.

Swansea’s 2-1 league win over Arsenal last time out gives them something to build on, while their recent Checkatrade Trophy win over Forest Green Rovers has seen them top their group with a 100% winning record.

Scotland under-21 international Oliver McBurnie has been the standout player for the Swans this season with his seven goals grabbing the attention of first-team manager Paul Clement, who saw fit to hand the Scot a starting position against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.