A draw looks a more than likely outcome as Aston Villa look to remain in contention for a top four spot in the Premier League by gaining a result at Sunderland.
Villa have a strong record against Sunderland as they have only lost once in the last nine meetings between the two, while also taking ten points from their last four visits to the Stadium of Light.
Gerard Houllier’s team are 19/10 to beat Sunderland again, but their away form so far this season suggests that this may be tough.
Villa have lost four of their five away fixtures, with their one success coming at Wolves.
Sunderland have become draw specialists of late and a draw with Villa would be their sixth in succession, which would equal a club record.
They are 7/5 to beat Aston Villa, while the draw is priced at 23/10.
There is an obvious candidate in the first goalscorer market for those thinking that Sunderland will be the team to break the deadlock.
Darren Bent is 4/1 to score first and is one of just two Sunderland players to have found the net in the Premier League this season.
Manager Steve Bruce is one to have stated that the club are over reliant on the England striker and called for others to become more consistent in finding the target.
Defenders have scored for Sunderland in two of the last three seasons against Villa at the Stadium of Light and central defensive duo Titus Bramble and Michael Turner are both 33/1 to open the scoring.
Emile Heskey is set to return for Aston Villa after missing the draw with Chelsea with a back problem and he is 7/1 to strike first.
Heskey scored for Villa in their win at Sunderland last season. See the full Sunderland vs Aston Villa match betting odds market.