Aston Villa are nine Premier League games unbeaten against Sunderland and will hope to make it four straight wins at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Sunderland are facing a potential defensive crisis, with Sebastian Coates limping out of Wednesday night’s 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool suffering from a dead leg and John O’Shea battling a calf problem. Younes Kaboul is definitely out with a hamstring tear, and Sam Allardyce will need to assess 36-year-old Wes Brown’s ability to play two games in four days after his return to action in midweek.
Jack Rodwell will sit out after suffering a hamstring injury during the Liverpool game, joining Sebastian Larsson (knee) on the sidelines.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, will be without Jordan Ayew and Ashley Westwood after both picked up their fifth bookings of the season in Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City. Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), Gabby Agbonlahor (back) and Jordan Amavi (knee) are also unavailable.
- Sunderland have failed to score in six of the last eight Premier League games against Aston Villa.
- Aston Villa have lost none of their last nine Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W4 D5).
- The Villans have won the last three encounters at the Stadium of Light without conceding a goal.
- However, Aston Villa won just 25 points in 38 Premier League games in 2015, less than Watford (29 points) won in half the number of games (19).
- After winning three points in their opening day away win at Bournemouth, Aston Villa have picked up just two in their nine Premier League away games since (W0 D2 L7).
- Only Sunderland (six in 05-06) and Derby (seven in 07-08) have had fewer points after 19 games of a Premier League season than Aston Villa this season (8).
- Aston Villa are without a win in 18 matches (D5 L13), extending their longest ever winless run in their league history.
- Villa have now gone nine games without a Premier League clean sheet away from home and have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 Premier League games overall.
- Aston Villa have the lowest shot conversion rate in the Premier League so far this season (9.8%).