Paolo Di Canio takes his Black Cats to Villa Park to take on Paul Lambert’s side in what is something of a relegation six pointer.
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Venue Villa Park, Monday 8pm
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Last season Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 23 Y93, R3, 4.00 cards per game
Subs from Given, Dawkins, Sylla, Bannan, Bowery, Clark, Holman, Lichaj, Bent, El Ahmadi, Burke, Williams, Stevens, Carruthers, Ireland
Injured Gardner (knee, Aug), Herd (foot, Aug), Albrighton (foot, unknown), Dunne (groin, unknown), Petrov (illness, unknown)
Form guide LDWLWW
Disciplinary record Y68 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 15
Subs from Westwood, Gardner, Marrs, Kilgallon, Mangane, Bramble, Bardsley, Vaughan, Wickham, Mandron, Laidler
Doubtful Bramble (calf), Wickham (knock), Bardsley (ankle)
Injured Cattermole (knee, Aug), Fletcher (ankle, Aug), Brown (knee, unknown)
Form guide WWLLDL
Disciplinary record Y54 R0
Leading scorer Fletcher 11
Sunderland’s five-match unbeaten run against Aston Villa came to an end when they lost 1-0 at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season.
The previous 23 Premier League fixtures between these clubs have yielded only 40 goals – an average of 1.73 per match.
In 11 previous visits to Villa Park in the Premier League, Sunderland have lost just four times (W2 D5 L4).
The Black Cats didn’t manage a single shot on target when they played Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light earlier this season.
Brad Guzan has conceded more goals (59) than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season.
Last Monday’s defeat to Manchester United was only the second time Villa have failed to score in the league in their last 14 matches, but they have also failed to keep a clean sheet for 18 matches.
Paul Lambert’s side had as many shots on target as Manchester United (four) in their 3-0 defeat.
They have only lost one of their last six matches (W3 D2 L1)
The Black Cats have won consecutive Premier League matches for only the second time this season. They haven’t won three in a row since February 2012.
Stéphane Sessegnon has scored (four) or assisted (one) five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances, as many as he had managed in his previous 26 apps this term (three goals, two assists).
Sunderland had an average pass completion rate of just 65% in their last two games – which they have both won – down 12% on their average for the season.
The Black Cats have seen more opponents sent off than any other Premier League team this season (six).