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Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 35: Open Thread

Champions League Final 600x330 Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 35: Open Thread

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has dubbed today’s game against Aston Villa “their Champions League Final.” Both clubs are incredibly desperate for a win to push them away from the dangers of the relegation zone in an important season for the league where next year’s TV money kicks in to bring many more millions to Premier League sides.

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Sunderland starting XI: Mignolet, O’Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Bardsley, N’Diaye, Larsson, Gardner, Sessegnon, Johnson, Graham

For viewers in the United States, this match will be shown live on FOX Soccer instead of ESPN2.

A win for Sunderland should be enough to reach safety this Premier League season, although nothing is guaranteed until the season ends. A win for Villa will push them five points away from Wigan Athletic. But a win for Villa will also mean that Newcastle United will be joint 17th in the Premier League and staring down at the relegation zone.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation regarding this game in the comments section below. This one should be a barnstormer.

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24 Responses to Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 35: Open Thread

  1. jtm371 says:

    i am all in on Sunderland i am drinking the wine Paolo is serving.

  2. dust says:

    Come one Sunderland!!

    • jtm371 says:

      Congrats on your man Bale taking home the spoils last night.i hope someway your Spurs can get by the Gunners.

  3. Guy says:

    From a Stoke standpoint a draw would be best. Beyond that, a Sunderland win would suit me just fine even though they would leap over us on GD.

    Just for the drama I’d love to see a do or die final match between Wigan and Villa.

  4. Dust says:


    Horrible defending by Sinderland… Bardsley is going to me lined up against a wall by dicanio.

    I wonder if Danny rose performance this year will make him deaf to starting LB for spurs next season?

  5. jtm371 says:

    we are on our way to a cracker of a match.

    just wanted to make sure you heard last clean sheet for Villa was against Stoke.

  6. San Franciscan says:

    Why the Champions league photo? And why is this on Fox?

    • The Gaffer says:

      The article explains why the photo was selected :)

      As for why this is on FOX, ESPN gets a set amount of games they can show for the whole season, so they’re nearing their limit and probably chose some mid-week games between now and the end of the season instead.

      The Gaffer

  7. jtm371 says:

    it appears that the gods are against the Latics. it looks like Wigan will be playing at City Ground next season.good for Villa showing good spirit.

  8. Guy says:

    Well, so much for that match.

  9. jtm371 says:

    with all this talent how Belgium is not a favorite for the next WC is beyond me.

  10. Dust says:

    Benteke is having a great game, as is lowton and Weiman… I don’t know that villa will be able to keep benteke in the summer.

    Villa have deserved the win, by far the better team.

  11. Guy says:

    Well, this gives Sunderland a worse GD than Stoke, so Villa might as well put in a couple more. :-)

    • The Gaffer says:

      That sixth goal moves Aston Villa above Newcastle United on goal difference. Worrying night for Sunderland fans and Newcastle United supporters.

      The Gaffer

  12. Harry says:

    Goal difference could be the decider when all is said so this big victory for Villa could be very helpful.

    Has the Di Canio magic worn off? Hard to tell but this makes it all the more interesting at the bottom. Both Newcastle clubs are now in a relegation fight.

  13. Smokey Bacon says:

    Di Canio OUT!

  14. He's Livid says:

    No worries. Both Sundy and Castle will stay up. Wigan don’t deserve a reprieve this year, it’s time to go down and build yourself up to be a proper prem club.

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