Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Sunderland V Aston Villa

Sunderland
vs.
Aston Villa

Stadium of Light

23/10/10

3pm

Sunderland have already claimed a new record this season. They have went 5 league games by picking up 5 points in consecutive draws.

This needs to change in order for our decent start to be cemented by a top 10 finish this season. Gerrard Houllier will have some say in this as Sunderland face an improved Villa team this weekend.

The big debate amongst the Sunderland faithful will be whether or not to stick with 4-5-1 or go all out with 4-4-2 with Gyan up front with Bent.

Villa have some injury problems and will hope to maintain their great record at the Stadium after being the last team to win here since last season.

Vital Quotes: Steve Bruce

'When we looked at the fixture list, I knew it was a really difficult start and I have been delighted with the way we have played.

"To go six games unbeaten in the Premier League takes some doing.

'We could quite easily have had at least two more wins in there.

"The extra four points two wins give you would take us up into the realms of the top five. That is how close we are."

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland will see if Kieron Richardson is fit enough to start left back and Gyan could come in to replace Welbeck.

Player to watch: Titus Bramble

Only today Titus has been cleared of all rape allegations and will head into this game with new confidence.

For only 1m this Summer he is becoming the bargain of the season after another MoM display at Ewood Park on Monday.

Let's hope he can get the better of Heskey as we look to build on the 3rd clean sheet in a row this campaign.

Aston Villa Team News:

Gabby Agbonlahor will miss the game with a groin strain and Luke young will miss the game with a torn hamstring.

Villa will be hopeful Dunne, Heskey and Albrighton are all passed fit in time for Saturday.

Player to watch: Stephen Ireland

After just missing out on signing him in the Summer we can expect him to raise his game against us on Saturday. Ireland is brilliant at moving the team forward and can also be lethal in front of goal.

Match Facts & Stats

Sunderland have only won one of their last nine league meetings against Villa (W1, D2, L6).

They are unbeaten at home this season and have only lost once in 14 games since the 2-0 defeat by Villa in December (W5, D8, L1).

Villa have dropped eight points from winning positions this season, the second worst record in the top flight behind Wolves.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mark Halsey Assistant referees: Paul Thompson & Glenn Turner Fourth official: Rob Shoebridge

Match Prediction:

Sunderland 1 - 0 Villa Every Sunderland fans mind will be on next weekend against Newcastle. However, the players need to continue their form in defence and learn to take their chances up front. This will be a hard game but one game where we can take all three points to push into the top 10.

Next Fixtures: Newcastle (A)

The big one!
Yes, it is finally here!
Sunderland face the enemy on their turf at 1:30pm live on Sky and bragging rights can be claimed if victory is achieved.


Writer:Gary Johnson
Date:Friday October 22 2010
Time: 6:30PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Sunderland
Write For Vital Sunderland
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Middlesbrough MotM
Suggested By:
Pickford0%
Jones0%
O Shea0%
Denayer0%
Manquillo0%
Cattermole0%
Ndong0%
Gibson0%
Khazri0%
Defoe0%
Anichebe0%
Sub-Borini0%
Sub-Januzaj0%
Sub-Rodwell0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 33 22 8 3 74 47
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 32 19 7 6 64 28
5 Man Utd 32 17 12 3 63 26
6 Arsenal 32 18 6 8 60 24
7 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 5 18 38 -8
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 33 10 7 16 37 -13
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 34 5 12 17 27 -19
20 Sunderland 33 5 6 22 21 -33
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 6 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League