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Watch Live: Sunderland vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Live Stream)


Aston Villa’s US goalkeeper Brad Guzan celebrates his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park in Birmingham, in the West Midlands, England, on April 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Saturday’s opponents at the Stadium of Light are separated by a mere point on the table, and both are very much in the drop zone picture with 10 matches to play (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra).

Sunderland sits in 16th with 26 points, while Aston Villa is just behind with 25. Both Gus Poyet’s and Tim Sherwood’s squads will hope to earn some breathing room from each other -- and relegation -- with a win.

Scott Sinclair and Christian Benteke will be a big part of Villa’s starting attack, while Jermain Defoe gets Steven Fletcher as a running mate for the home side.



Sunderland: Pantilimon, Reveillere, van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea (c), Bridcutt, Larsson, Rodwell, Alvarez, Defoe, Fletcher. Subs: Jones, Wickham, Gomez, Graham, Coates, Vergini, Mannone.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Okore, Clark, Bacuna, Delph (c), Cleverley, Sinclair, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Gil, Sanchez, Kinsella, Weimann, Westwood, Hepburn-Murphy.

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