Sunderland vs Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship
19.45 – Tuesday 5th March 2018
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Aston Villa will travel up North today to take on Chris Coleman and his Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland appointed Coleman as their new manager on 19th November last year in the hope that the former Wales manager would be able to turn around their fortunes. His first game was the reverse fixture at Villa Park in which Villa won 2-1. The Black Cats form hasn’t really turned around that much with their last victory coming back on January 20th when they beat Hull 1-0.
Villa will return to action after their game against QPR was postponed due to the snow on the weekend. Despite one win in three for Villa, their overall form is actually impressive with one defeat in ten in the Championship.
Sunderland is currently bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety while Villa is 3rd but four points adrift of an automatic promotion spot. On current form, free football bets would suggest an away win was on the cards but Villa must be careful not to become complacent.
Steve Bruce is awaiting news on Jack Grealish who has been missing since the 2-0 win over Birmingham City with a calf injury. His personal Instagram stories posted yesterday would suggest he has travelled with the squad.
Axel Tuanzebe is once again fit again following a hamstring problem but Alan Hutton will be missing as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.
Sunderland is hopeful that Kazenga LuaLua could return after missing the last four games with an ankle injury.
Coleman will be without defender Marc Wilson and midfielder Paddy McNair who are both nursing groin injuries, while Jake Clarke-Salter is suspended.
Goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a dislocated finger.
- Villa hasn’t lost back to back matches away league games against Sunderland since October 1999, losing the last meeting 3-1 in January 2016.
- Sunderland has lost 43 games since the start of last season. Only Chesterfield (47) have lost more in England’s top four tiers.
- Coleman has failed to beat Villa in 9 attempts (W0, D5, L4).
- Bruce, on the other hand, has only lost 1 in 15 against Sunderland (W10, D4, L1).
Villa has sold a little over 1,550 tickets for today’s long trip up to Sunderland of an allocation of 2,793. If the remaining tickets don’t sell then this will be the first game that Villa has failed to sell out in the 2017-18 season.
Please contact the Villa ticket office on 0121 327 2299 if you would like to purchase a ticket.
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