Aston Villa vs Sunderland
Sky Bet Championship
19:45 – Tuesday 21st November 2017
Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa will welcome Sunderland and their new manager Chris Coleman to Villa Park this evening as the two meet in the 7.45pm kick-off at Villa Park in the Championship.
Steve Bruce’s men will be hoping to return to winning ways at Villa Park following their first defeat of the season at Villa Park against Sheffield Wednesday last time out. The big win at QPR the weekend will be a massive boost but can his injury-hit squad build on that? Villa finds themselves sitting 5th in the league, seven points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
Sunderland will hope the new manager curse will kick in as they look to win their second game of the season. The Mackems away form is actually better than their home form as they have picked up seven of their eleven points on the road so far this season. Coleman’s team currently sit at the bottom of the table four points behind 21st placed Birmingham.
Most pundits and Top bookies for football have the home side the favourites and its no real surprise given the form of the two sides.
Villa will be without strikers Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan who have both been ruled out for the ‘foreseeable future’. John Terry is making good strides and Villa hope to have him available for the busy Christmas period.
Andre Green is still recovering in the US at the Armour Performance Centre and Gabriel Agbonlahor is close to a return but it is thought that today’s game has come too soon.
Sunderland will be without up to seven players. Marc Wilson, Jonny Williams, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore are unavailable after picking up injuries in the 2-2 draw at the weekend against Millwall.
Didier Ndong could be available after returning to the club following compassionate leave but the Mackams will also be without Billy Jones, Lamine Kone and the suspended Lee Cattermole.
- Sunderland has conceded three or more goals in four of their last five matches on the road.
- The last time the two clubs met was two years ago in the Premiership and Sunderland picked up four points from a possible six.
- Villa has won three of their last five games at Villa Park.
There are still tickets available with around 28,000 expected at Villa Park. Sunderland is expected to bring around 350 travelling supporters.
Adults tickets are available from £20, Under 16’s from £5. Purchase tickets here.
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