FOUR draws and a defeat have made it an underwhelming start to this campaign, and Gus Poyet is still searching for the winning formula he had at the end of last season.
The visit of Swansea on Saturday is the first of two consecutive home games and is the sort of opportunity which Sunderland must take.
Swansea won at the Stadium of Light in the final game of last season, but Sunderland were in no more than cruise-control that day after the Great Escape and the fans were in a celebratory mood.
But Saturday will be different. The pressure is starting to increase and will continue to do so until Sunderland get that elusive first win.
Swansea won’t be easy opposition, they won their first three games of the season and although they have lost the last two, they have a healthy position of fifth.
The last defeat at home to Southampton probably owed more to Wilfried Bony’s first half sending-off and he’ll be the big danger on Saturday after serving his suspension against Everton in midweek.
The other player Sunderland fans will be looking out for is Ki Sung-Yueng after his loan spell on Wearside last season. His midfield battle with Lee Cattermole could have a big influence on the outcome of the game.
Gus Poyet and Garry Monk are young managers having their first full season in charge of their clubs and both share the same philosophy of passing and possession football, so it certainly won’t be a long-ball game.
With Sunderland one of only three teams without a Premier League victory this season, a win can’t come soon enough and if it doesn’t happen on Saturday, the fans won’t be as forgiving as the last time Swansea visited Wearside.