Sunderland v A Villa preview
Last Updated: 02/11/12 2:50pm
Martin O'Neill locks horns with former player Paul Lambert at the Stadium of Light
Paul Lambert takes on mentor Martin O'Neill as Aston Villa travel to Sunderland this weekend.
Villa make the trip to Wearside hovering just above the drop zone, two points clear of the bottom three.
Both sides go into the game after mixed fortunes in midweek with Villa reaching the last eight of the Capital One Cup with victory at Swindon, while Sunderland were dumped out by Middlesbrough.
Sunderland find themselves struggling down in 14th spot in the table having picked up nine points from their opening eight matches.
Both games last season were drawn, while Villa have not beaten Sunderland in their last five games.
- There have been five red cards in the last seven Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Aston Villa
- Sunderland have won just one of their last six home Premier League games against Aston Villa (W1 D2 L3).
- Aston Villa have won none of their last 13 Premier League away matches
- The Black Cats have lost just one of their last nine Premier League home games (W3 D5 L1), but have scored just five goals in their last seven league matches at the Stadium of Light.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 25 Mannone
- 2 Bardsley
- 16 O'Shea
- 5 Brown
- 28 Alonso
- 7 Larsson
- 26 Bridcutt
- 4 Ki
- 11 Johnson A
- 9 Fletcher
- 31 Borini
Team taken from Sunderland vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 15th March 2014
- 1 Guzan
- 7 Bacuna
- 4 Vlaar
- 2 Baker
- 3 Bennett
- 8 El Ahmadi
- 15 Westwood
- 16 Delph
- 10 Weimann
- 20 Benteke
- 11 Agbonlahor
Team taken from Aston Villa vs Chelsea (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 15th March 2014
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