Aston Villa v Sunderland – For the end of the 35th round of the English Premiership has left a duel of two teams that are positioned in the lower part of the table, where 14th-placed Sunderland is currently in a better situation than 17th Villa, as it has three more points on the account. However, in the autumn part of the season the Villans won away game against Sunderland with 1-0, while last year both of their duels ended without a winner. Begins: 29.04.2013 – 21:00 CET
When it comes to the hosts from Birmingham, they in the latter part of the season generally speaking play a lot better and in almost every match try to win with a an open game, which after all, helped them to escape from the danger zone. However, in the last two rounds they have won only one point, at home against Fulham, while last week against the new champion Manchester United were convincing defeated 3-0. But that game anyway is not a true indicator of their current strength, as they played against a very strong and motivated opponent, so only in the remaining four rounds they should show do they really deserve to play the next season in the elite ranks. They are currently just above the relegation zone and have three more points than 18th-placed Wigan, but they have one more match than them, so by the end of the championship a big struggle is certainly expecting them if they are to survive in the Premier league. Let us say that because of the injury still out of action are midfielders Gardner, Albrighton and Herd, and experienced stopper Dunne.
Probable lineups Aston Villa: Guzan – Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker –Delph, Westwood – Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor – Benteke
Regarding Sunderland, they are currently quite euphoric because in the last two rounds have won Newcastle away and Everton at home, and now with a tremendous confidence welcome this match with the Villans. Those last six points are even more significant when we know that before those two games had played nine matches where they hadn’t won, which contributed to start worrying for survival in the end of the season. But apparently, arrival of the new coach Di Canio has motivated them in the right way, so now have six points more than 18th-placed Wigan and therefore in the remaining four rounds hold everything in their hands. This in fact means that we can still expect a maximally aggressive Sunderland’s game in each subsequent match, which, after all, made that these two great victories happen. That is why coach Di Canio announced that on Monday will send in the field almost the same lineup as against Everton, with just one exception where returnee Gardner could replace not fully fit Colback on the right flank. On the other hand, still out of action due to injuries are stoppers Brown and Beamble, midfielder Cattermole and Sunderlands’s top scorer Fletcher.
Probable lineups Sunderland: de Mignolet – Gardner, O’Shea, Cuellar, Rose – Larsson, N’Diaye – Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean – Graham
Aston Villa – Sunderland Pick
While the visiting team is in great euphoria after two consecutive victories, this time we must take into account that points are a lot more needed to the hosts, and they are at their Villa Park are slight favourites in the duel with Sunderland.
Tip: Both team to score