Sunderland – Aston Villa LIVE In-Play – Sunderland have managed to scrap out a couple of valuable draws recently, but with only five wins out of 35 matches all season, it is clear to see that the Black Cats will need to begin winning today if they are to beat the fall this period.
Cardiff and Fulham continue to pile the pressure on Aston Villa, who venture into the weekend four points behind second placed Cardiff. The Villans will take nothing less than just three factors since they continue to try for automatic promotion. The hosts have won only one of the previous six games between both of these sides and will be blessed to prevent that listing worsening here. Villa have won eight of their last 10 league matches and are showing no signs of slowing down.
The hosts will be without the frozen Jake Clarke-Salter since the protector continues to function as a three-match suspension. Keeper Robbin Ruiter remains sidelined with a dislocated finger, while Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson, James Vaughan and Duncan Watmore are still out. Neil Taylor and Birkir Bjarnason are in contention for begins here after just making the seat in Villa’s final match against Sheffield Wednesday.
Steve Bruce is expected to stay with the 4-4-2 system set from the Owls, despite a shaky first half of the performance. Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah both stay doubts, while Chris Samba, Jed Steer and Jonathan Kodjia will continue to sit to the home side.