Sunderland

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Stadium of Light

06/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

Aston Villa

V

Stadium of Light

06/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Sunderland are fighting for their lives as they prop up the Championship table, while visitors Aston Villa are attempting to chase down second place and automatic promotion.

Last time: The home team took all three points at Villa Park, with a goal in each half enough for Steve Bruce’s side as they ran out 2-1 winners.

This time: Sunderland are 3/1 with Aston Villa at 21/10 and it’s 5/2 for the draw.

You might remember: A Premier League relegation battle. Aston Villa crushed Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light back in March 2015. Villa fired four first half goals as Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke helped themselves to a brace apiece.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Sunderland host Aston Villa in the Championship on Tuesday night, with the two teams chasing very different goals as the season heads towards its climax

Sunderland are becoming increasingly desperate for points as they battle to beat the drop. The Black Cats have shown a fighting spirit recent games and will need to call upon that again here. It is two draws in their last two fixtures but with four points separating them from safety, they really need to crank up the pressure on those above them by registering wins.

The league’s bottom side have won just two home games all season and are 3/1 to make it three. Aston Villa meanwhile have clocked up eight wins in their last 10 Championship games and managed four goals in their most recent away trip to Sheffield Wednesday. There is no room for error at the Stadium of Light, Villa are four points adrift of second place Cardiff and have Fulham breathing down their necks.

Pressure is on to maintain form and match those around them. Villa are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Sunderland and they are 21/10 to extend that record with a win here. The Black Cats meanwhile are on a hat-trick of draws, and you can get 5/2 for them to complete that on Tuesday night.

Sunderland’s top scorer is now at Aston Villa, so it’s young Ashley Fletcher that is favourite for their first goal. He is 8/1 to score first, while Lewis Grabban is 9/2 to break the deadlock against his former side. Grabban is followed by teammates Scott Hogan and Albert Adomah, both at 11/2.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The curse of the ex. Lewis Grabban will want to show his old club what they are missing. It is now 9/1 for him to score two or more.

2

We fancy:

Aston Villa to win and both teams to score at 15/4. With Villa’s record against Sunderland and their respective league positions, this looks like a safe bet.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

The draw and over 4.5 goals at 70/1. Sunderland’s last home game saw six goals while Villa recently scored four whilst on their travels last time out.

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.