Aston Villa v Sunderland

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Aston Villa will be looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat when they welcome Sunderland to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Villans kicked off the 2015/16 campaign with a 1-0 win over newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth, but suffered defeats in both of their next two league outings, going down 1-0 at home against Manchester United before losing 2-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Tim Sherwood's men did, however, find a response against Notts County in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, although they needed extra-time to earn a 5-3 win over the League Two outfit after 90 minutes finished 3-3.

Sunderland, meanwhile, look set for another long relegation battle after taking just one point from their opening three league games, losing to Leicester City and Norwich City before holding Swansea to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

The Black Cats were also in League Cup action in midweek and initially struggled against Exeter City, going into half-time level at 3-3, before a dominant second-half display earned Dick Advocaat's men a 6-3 win.

In team news, Villa will be hoping Scott Sinclair can carry over his form from the cup, having bagged a hat-trick against Exeter, but Gary Gardner and Jores Okore miss out with ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Sherwood will, otherwise, bring back a number of first-choice players who were rested during the midweek cup clash, but Adama Traore is a doubt after picking up an injury against County.

For Sunderland, Younes Kaboul is set to miss out with a knee injury, the same knock Jeremain Lens is carrying, although the latter could still play, provided he passes a late fitness test.

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