Sunderland vs Aston Villa 2015
Sunderland Stat Attack
Sunderland have recently encountered some mixed form that has seen them draw two of their last three matches, on their way to becoming the League’s draw specialists. Whilst having drawn 14 times already this season (half of their games), the Black Cats will be hoping to go one better this weekend by clinching all three points to help them further cushion themselves from the relegation zone.
Sunderland will be hoping for a solid performance from their defensive stalwart Santiago Vergini this weekend. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Argentinian defender has won 50 tackles already this season, winning 61.7% of his tackles overall. He has also made 91 clearances, 44 interceptions and 12 blocks and will hope that he can add to these tallies this weekend to help keep out Aston Villa.
He will be more than ably supported by Sunderland captain John O’Shea; the only member of the Sunderland squad to play every minute of Premier League football this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has won 39 tackles this season, an impressive 82.9% of his overall attempts, also racking up 129 clearances and 50 interceptions.
In the middle of the park, Sebastian Larsson continues to impress with his high level of performance. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that he has covered a squad best 303.5km, and it is that hard work that has been the key to his success. Off the ball, he has won 61 tackles, 66.3% of his total challenges, and made 29 interceptions. On the ball, he has completed a squad best 535 passes in the opposition half and also scored three times, demonstrating that he can be a threat when scoring or turning provider.
Aston Villa Stat Attack
Aston Villa will come into this weekend’s fixture with renewed optimism having beaten local rivals West Brom twice last week; the league win sees them three points clear of 18th placed QPR. They will be looking for their first back-to-back league wins this side of Christmas, and that will also see them leapfrog their hosts.
Villa will hope that their ever-dependable American shot stopper Brad Guzan delivers another high quality performance this weekend. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has racked up 85 saves so far this season, at an average of 2.24 saves per goals conceded. He will hope that he can keep a clean sheet this weekend to ensure that Villa make it two wins from two.
At the back, Alan Hutton has been consistently reliable for the Villans, but he will miss the Blackcats game due to suspension. As demonstrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Hutton has had a fine season,which has seen him win 45 tackles, 78.9% of his total challenges, whilst also making 90 clearances, 32 interceptions and 15 blocks.
While it’s hoped that Christian Benteke will return from injury (along with maybe Ron Vlaar), Gabriel Agbonlahor will no doubt start again, as he seems to be a Sherwood favourite. EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that he will look to use his direct style of play, having completed 22 dribbles and hitting a squad best top speed of 34.87km/h.
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