Sunderland vs West Brom, Manchester City vs Aston Villa Previews

A potentially huge night in the English Premier League sees two sides not mathematically safe yet facing off and 2nd place Manchester City will be aiming to get back to the top of table with their relatively straight forward looking fixture against Aston Villa – a side with very little to play for.

Sunderland vs West Brom, Manchester City vs Aston Villa Previews

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May 7th, 2014

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A potentially huge night in the English Premier League sees two sides not mathematically safe yet facing off and 2nd place Manchester City will be aiming to get back to the top of table with their relatively straight forward looking fixture against Aston Villa – a side with very little to play for.

 

First we look at Sunderland’s home fixture against West Brom. The Baggies head North after a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Gunners on Sunday whilst Sunderland look to capitalise on their extraordinary run of recent form which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone where only a month ago they was labelled relegation certainties. The Baggies are now all but mathematically safe as they hold a 3 point lead over Norwich City who are the only team who can catch them, and can only do so by overturning a -13 goal difference in their one remaining fixture.

Sunderland head into this game with no new injury concerns and are likely to name an unchanged side from the one which defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. They will be hoping striker Connor Wickham can continue has recent fine form and helping to secure the one point they need to be all but mathematically safe.

The game may come too soon for Baggies full back Steven Reid who had to sit out their previous match with a groin injury. Other than that there are no new fresh injury concerns for Head coach Pepe Mel to deal with.

 

A win for Manchester City tonight would leave them only needing a point to secure the title when the EPL draws to a close on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool’s capitulation from 3-0 to 3-3 on Monday night almost gift wrapped the title to the sky blue of Manchester.

Sergio Aguero will definitely miss tonight’s game and possibly Sunday’s after a groin injury saw him limp out of their previous match against Everton. Yaya Toure was also removed from Saturday’s game but only as a precaution, and will be available for tonight’s game. As will Jesus Navas who has recovered from an ankle injury.

Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor is a doubt with a knee injury sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Hull. Joe Bennett will continue to be missing after missing the last two games with an ankle injury which could see his season finish early.

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