Aston Villa set for nasty surprise from old enemy

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At the start of March, all the talk was about Sunderland’s 14-match winless run but a few good results later, that statistic has been replaced by one about them losing just once in eight games – and that was away to Arsenal.

Similarly, praise for Aston Villa’s status as the only Premier League team unbeaten in 2010 has diminished recently, with greater emphasis placed on the fact they’ve drawn six of their nine, winning just three.

So Sunderland have the momentum heading into this game, while Gabriel Agbonlahor, Richard Dunne and James Milner are all injury doubts for Villa. Steve Bruce has been a thorn in their side before and will be eager to add to the 21 points he deprived them of while in charge of Birmingham and Wigan.

There are two great value options for you to choose from on Betfair – you can either lay the hosts at 1.68 or, if you’re happy to dismiss the prospect of a Black Cats’ victory, take the 4.0 offered on the draw.

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