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Manchester United 0-1 ASTON VILLA

Villa recorded their first win over the Champions after a massive 26-year wait. Ashley Young’s cross was met by the head of Gabriel Agbonlahor for the only goal of the game. Villa attacked with purpose in the first half and defended brilliantly in the second to not only claim all three points, but deservedly so. Villa kept their second consecutive clean sheet and moved into the top four of the Premier League.

SUNDERLAND 1-1 Portsmouth

Darren Bent fired home his 10th goal of the season to give Sunderland the lead midway through the first half. The points seemed in the bag but for Younnes Kaboul’s late, late equalizer. A corner in the third minute of stoppage time was Sunderland’s undoing as Avram Grant’s strugglers claimed a point.

Celebration huddle gabbyyoungcollinssidwell

Likely Line-Ups

ASTON VILLA

But for Stephen Warnock’s neck injury, O’Neill should name an unchanged side that beat the Champions. Luke Young should be shifted to left back, Carlos Cuellar to right back and James Collins should make his starting return to partner Richard Dunne at the back.

Goal: Friedel

Defence: L. Young, Dunne, Collins, Cuellar

Midfield: A. Young, Petrov, Milner, Downing

Up Front: Agbonlahor, Heskey



SUNDERLAND

Kenwyne Jones should recover from a knock to shoulder as well as the returns of Phil Bardsley & Kieran Richardson after both serving one match bans against Portsmouth.

Goal: Fulop

Defence: Nosworthy, Turner, Da Silva, McCartney

Midfield: Campbell, Henderson, Cana, Reid

Up Front: Bent, Jones

Treatment Table

ASTON VILLA

Bouma (toe)
Davies (shoulder)

SUNDERLAND

Cattermole (knee)
Ferdinand (ankle)
Gordon (arm)
Zenden (hamstring)

Key Men

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Fresh from scoring the winner against the Champions, Gabby should be in a buoyed mood and ready to take on the Sunderland defence. Nine goals already this term and with each goal coming in a different game, Gabby really is coming on leaps and bounds this year.

gabby run with ball

Darren Bent: Sunderland’s own England hopeful notched his 10th goal of the campaign against Portsmouth and could use this encounter as a duel to show Capello, just which fringe England striker should be on the way to the World cup.

Prediction

Villa, on the back of a 5 game unbeaten run and fresh from the scalp of United, are the only team in the league not to have lost to a top half opposition. They have conceded the second fewest goals behind only Chelsea and have scored in every game this season barring the woeful opening day defeat to Wigan.

Sunderland on the other hand, have won only one of their last 7 games but are unbeaten at home since Chelsea won their back in August. 7 of Darren Bent’s 10 league goals have come at home this season in only 8 home games.

All that should count for little though as Villa aim to consolidate their win against United with a win at Sunderland.

I can’t help but see anything other than a Villa win and having yet to predict a clean sheet, now may well be the time for me to do so after the sterling job the defence did on Saturday.

Prediction… Sunderland 0-2 Aston Villa


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Writer:JayVFC
Date:Monday December 14 2009
Time: 7:33PM

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An interesting prediction JayVFC. I agree that on paper this should be a walk over for us. However, can I just highlight the fact that the Blackcats have already turned over Arsenal and Liverpool at home this season by 1-0. Make no mistake, this will be a very tough match for us. Manure ran us ragged for the last 30mins on Saturday, so the players will still be feeling it. Sunderland know how to frustrate teams like us. My heart says 0-4, but my head is telling me 1-1
Villan-in-Cyprus
14/12/2009 21:04:00
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An interesting prediction JayVFC. I agree that on paper this should be a walk over for us. However, can I just highlight the fact that the Blackcats have already turned over Arsenal and Liverpool at home this season by 1-0. Make no mistake, this will be a very tough match for us. Manure ran us ragged for the last 30mins on Saturday, so the players will still be feeling it. Sunderland know how to frustrate teams like us. My heart says 0-4, but my head is telling me 1-1
Villan-in-Cyprus
14/12/2009 21:04:00
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Just can't see us making the same mistake we made after beating Chelsea. The point at hull was a good point but we should be following up wins like that with another win. This is a different style of Villa team were taking to Sunderland tomorrow than what we took in the cup. I just see us being too strong for them. So... 2-0 it is!
JayVFC
14/12/2009 21:43:00
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Just can't see us making the same mistake we made after beating Chelsea. The point at hull was a good point but we should be following up wins like that with another win. This is a different style of Villa team were taking to Sunderland tomorrow than what we took in the cup. I just see us being too strong for them. So... 2-0 it is!
JayVFC
14/12/2009 21:43:00
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Beat Liverpool? Please stop any Villa supporters taking beach balls to night.
Gordonsleftboot
15/12/2009 14:29:00
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Beat Liverpool? Please stop any Villa supporters taking beach balls to night.
Gordonsleftboot
15/12/2009 14:29:00
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