Here it is, the game we have all been waiting for. However, I will make sure I go through this preview without mentioning his name, as he is not worth the attention as we focus on three points to get us back into the top half of the Premiership.
Sunderland come hot off the trail of a much-deserved victory at The Reebok Stadium last weekend, a game that released some pressure from the players and Steve Bruce. The players will hopefully play the game with renewed confidence and take the game to Alex Mcleish’s men who lost their last game against rivals West Brom.
The pressure is definitely against Villa as their fans are still trying to accept Mcleish as their manager and have lost the last two league games. This is the time to stab the dagger deeper into the Villains and show “you-know-who” exactly what he is missing for the sake of more pounds in his bottomless pockets.
Sunderland may play the same team as last Saturday, with Bruce playing a much more attacking line-up that benefited not only the impressive Wickham but also helped Sessegnon have one of his best games for the lads. The defence seemed to click with Richardson having another great game at left back and O’Shea made vital clearances when we were ahead and under a bit of pressure from Bolton.
The players will all know that every single Sunderland fan inside the Stadium of Light and around the country will really want to beat Villa. The atmosphere will be electric and if we can match the noise and support we witnessed at Bolton away this could be the key to three points and being back in the top ten.
Villa are under pressure to perform after losing to the Baggies and have lost one of their most improved player in Barry Bannan, who faces suspension due to a drink driving enquiry through the club. Richard Dunne, who helped us to a victory last campaign, will be under threat from in form Nicklas Bendtner and we all hope he adds another own goal to his tally for the season.
Let us make this game about our current players who want to play for their shirt rather than some greedy, lying, Kevin Phillips wannabe.
Sunderland 2-1 Villa
Although many Sunderland fans out there are still in pain over the derby defeat and the poor performance against Norwich, we still have a very good goal difference this season. The most we have lost a game by is only one goal so a win can catapult us up into the top ten. I have a good feeling about this game and something seemed to click in the second half against Bolton that we will carry into this game.
The next six games are going to shape the season and the start of a good campaign will start on Saturday and leave him wondering why he dared to say he could be the next Sunderland legend. Bendtner will take his mantle at 5pm!