Premier League betting preview: Aston Villa v Sunderland
Aston Villa host Sunderland tonight in a match vital to both sides’ hopes of Premier League survival.
Villa currently sit 17th in the top flight table, two points clear of relegation rivals Wigan below them.
Manager Paul Lambert will be without injured trio Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Chris Herd for the game, although midfielder Craig Gardner returns to the squad following suspension.
Sunderland occupy 15th spot in the league, three points ahead of Villa and five points clear of the relegation zone.
Black Cats striker Connor Wickham is out with a calf injury, while defender Phil Bardsley will have a late fitness test on an ankle problem.
Online bookmakers Bwin make Villa 2.2 favourites for the match, with Sunderland available at 3.25. The draw is also priced at 3.25.
A 1-0 Villa win is offered at 7.75, while a 2-1 Sunderland victory can be backed at odds of 10.50.
Bookmakers Titan Bet make Villa forward Christian Benteke 5.50 favourite to score the first goal, while the shortest price Sunderland player is striker Danny Graham at 8.