Potential Sunderland Lineup to Face Aston Villa in the Premier League This Weekend

​Sunderland have a relegation battle six-pointer to come against Aston Villa on Saturday, and manager Sam Allardyce has a growing injury list at the worst possible time. The Black Cats could be without up to seven first-team players as things stand.

Team news: Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Adam Matthews (ankle), Sebastian Larsson (knee), Sebastián Coates (leg), Steven Fletcher (doutbful), John O'Shea (calf).

Who will start against Aston Villa?

Goalkeeper

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Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been between the stick for the Black Cats of late, and is expected to keep his place for their clash with Villa. Given how few goals the Midlands outfit have scored this season, Mannone could enjoy a rare clean sheet on the weekend. ​

Defence

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  • O´Shea
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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce might keep things basic on Saturday. He is likely to opt for an experienced backline with Patrick van Aanholt and Billy Jones starting at left-back and right-back respectively. 


Former Manchester United defenders John O'Shea and Wes Brown should reprise their partnership against Villa, and will be hoping for a shutout to help the Black Cats to a much-needed victory. ​

Midfield

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  • Cattermole
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Industry and defensive discipline will be key for Sunderland, and the likes of Lee Cattermole and Yann M'Vila start in the midfield is a given. 


Jordi Gomez could be the third man patrolling the central area, retaining possession and supporting the three forwards. They will be as organised as possible to limit the space for Villa to play into, and will be relentless with their tackling and physical style.​

Forwards

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Pace and work rate will be key for Sunderland's attacking trio, with the likes of Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore all set to start. 


Borini and Watmore will also be tasked to protect the wider areas, but will also be given freedom to hurt Villa on the break. With so many pace and industry in the front three, the Black Cats can press the visitors higher up the pitch to force an error they couldn't capitalised from.​