Match: Villa v Sunderland
Date: November 21, 2017
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Referee: Stephen Martin
John Terry, Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan are the lengthy absentees for tonight's fixture, while Gabby Agbonlahor and Andre Green also remain sidelined.
However, Steve Bruce has no fresh injury concerns for the visit of the Black Cats, after everyone came through unscathed at QPR on Saturday.
In fact, Bruce will have returning names to select from, with Ahmed Elmohamady ready to play again after being rested due to excessive travel when representing Egypt.
Jack Grealish and Henri Lansbury were also available from the bench at QPR, and could feature.
Mile Jedinak started among the replacements at Loftus Road after a round-the-world trip to play for Australia, and could now be back in the frame to play from the start.
Buy one get one half price for Sunderland/Ipswich double header
Fans who snap up an individual ticket for tonight's Sunderland match are eligible to get a seat against Ipswich Town on Saturday at half the normal price.
Simply buy your tickets for Sunderland and Ipswich in the same transaction, and you'll get 50% off the latter fixture.
Tickets for both the Sunderland and Ipswich games are priced at just £20 to £33 for adults and £15 to £20 for concessions.
U21s can attend for between £10 to £17 and U16s from £5 to £10.
Family packages are available at £45 to £55 (two adults and two U16s).
Tickets are on general sale.
To buy, visit us in person, call 0333 323 1874 or buy from our online ticket office.
It's a big week and we're only just coming into the thick of the season.
I saw there's 50 games on television in December – a lot of those will be Championship.
There's a very long way to go, but there's very pleasing signs.
It'll be another difficult game tonight, but that's what the Championship is.
It's never easy when you've got your big players out but we saw enough from the team against QPR.
The question is: can they go and repeat it again?
We're at home and it's up to us to put in a performance.
Someone has to turn this club around.
Sooner or later this club will start climbing again and playing in front of a full house again, and get the city rocking and rolling so that it’s right behind the club.
I hope that’s me, of course.
You can go through your career as a manager and never manage a big club and I always wanted to sample that, have that experience, and here I am.
We've suffered just two defeats in our last 14 Championship games, winning eight and drawing four.
This is the first meeting between us and Sunderland outside of the top-flight since April 1975 – we won 2-0 with goals from Ian Ross and our future boss Brian Little.
Read more: Stat pack – Villa v Sunderland
Steve Bruce has won 11 of his last 14 home matches against sides he was previously the manager of (D2 L1), his only defeat coming against Crystal Palace in November 2013.
Sunderland have conceded 33 goals so far this season – only Burton Albion have conceded more in the Championship (34).
9am – Ticket Office opens
9am – Villa Store opens
4.45pm – Our hospitality areas open
4.45pm – Holte Suite open exclusively for season ticket holders
6.15pm – Turnstiles are open
7pm – The pre-match warm-up
7.45pm – Kick-off!
8.30pm – Half-time
9.30pm – Match ends
9.30pm – Villa store re-opens for approx one hour
First time at Villa Park?
To help you find your way to the stadium from your train/car park, we’ve put up some way finding banners around Aston – look out for them on your way to Villa Park.
Once you arrive at Villa Park, any of our friendly stewards or Fan Squad will be able to help you find your way to your block and seat, or to our Club Shop/Ticket Office.
Providing fans with a fun, safe and exciting football experience has been a central part of the club’s operation for many years.
Villa Park offers a great family day out in a safe environment and welcomes all supporters – new and old – to enjoy watching football here.
Why not check out this info which will give you all the details you need to make the most of your day out at Villa Park – whether you’re a family coming for the first time or you’re new to the area or visiting and would like to experience football in the Villa Park atmosphere.
Make sure you get prepared for the match with our new-look Villa News & Record, the official matchday programme.
They’ll be available from kiosks around the ground.
Alternatively, you can buy the programme online too.
If you’re sitting in the Holte End, get ready for our giant Holte Flag.
It’s made up of your images from our #PartOfThePride mosaic.
Also, if you sit in Lower North Stand, Project B6 will be on hand with supporter flags pre-match.
Why not find out more about them on Twitter.
Our friendly mascots Hercules, Bella and Chip will also be on hand around the ground and pitchside pre-match to entertain our junior fans.
Hercules will be leading our ‘My Home Debut’ group around the pitch before kick-off, be sure to give them a clap.
Stadium Car Parks
Safety is our priority.
On matchdays, our stadium car parks have a large number of pedestrians passing through them, as well as the vehicles that need to be parked.
The priority of our operation is to ensure the safety of everyone here at Villa Park.
We are undertaking a process of improving our current arrangements for vehicle parking and pedestrian safety and over the coming weeks you will notice changes in how we operate, including how we park cars on your arrival.
We ask for your cooperation and continued support to help us implement these new operations.
In order to keep everyone safe:
- All car park passes must be visible at all times
- Speed restrictions are in place – please adhere to the speed limits
- Please follow the direction of stewards to parking areas. We will direct you to your parking space
- CCTV is in operation
- Please be aware of pedestrians and children at all times
- Parking is available for Villa Village visitors for up to 30 minutes in an allocated bay up to three hours before kick-off
Thank you in anticipation for your support – enjoy the match!
Safety and Security
Three points isn't the only priority today for Villa v Sunderland.
Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.
We have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Villa Park.
Now we are asking you to do your bit.
Stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.
It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.
Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.
Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates
Villa v Sunderland brings international fans live video coverage.
We are offering the full game to international fans to watch as we take on the Black Cats in tonight's encounter.
Basically put, live video with commentary is available to international fans for all non-televised matches that are available to the club.
This latest match isn’t being screened so we are able to show it to our Lions abroad.
There is also live audio for everyone, wherever in the world you are.
You can subscribe now for AVTV Live.