O'Neill likely to keep the faith

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is expected to revert to his first-choice team for tomorrow’s home Premier league clash with Sunderland.

O’Neill has fielded the same starting XI for all five league games so far, which means the likes of Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Curtis Davies, Martin Laursen, Nigel Reo-Coker and Gabriel Agbonlahor are set for recalls.

They were all left out of the side that suffered a shock Carling Cup reversal at the hands of QPR at Villa Park in midweek.

O’Neill has no fresh injury worries and midfielder Steve Sidwell could return to training next week after calf and knee problems, which have hampered him since his £5.5million summer move from Chelsea.

Villa (from): Friedel, Luke Young, Davies, Laursen, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Barry, Petrov, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor, Guzan, Knight, Cuellar, Gardner, Osbourne, Milner, Harewood, Routledge.

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