With Antonio Luna returning from injury after a three game layoff, Paul Lambert will have more options to bolster his young backline. Luna, who injured his hamstring in the home loss to Everton, has missed the three game unbeaten run by Aston Villa. Gary Gardner was also deemed match fit, but is unlikely to be in contention to play in this game. Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann, and Gabriel Agbonlahor all should start in the match tomorrow against Sunderland after having such an impact coming off of the bench against the Baggies on Monday night.
Having Luna back from injury may actually pose a selection problem for Lambert. Other than the first half of the game against West Brom the defense has been looking much improved, even though they have been short staffed in that department. Ciaran Clark has slotted in at Left Back and done a nice job, and Leandro Bacuna has been great while playing mostly at right back. Personally, I think that Clark will start again, but wouldn't be surprised to see Luna come in and see some playing time, especially in the second half if the game is either out of hand or if Clark picks up a card. That being said, Lambert has surprised everyone with team selections in his time as manager at Villa.
Here is my predicted starting XI for Aston Villa against Sunderland:
And in addition to the regulars I expect to see some of the youngsters on the bench as well as possibly Marc Albrighton, who has just returned from his loan from Wigan Athletic.
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