• The clean sheet Aston Villa earned last time out at Villa Park versus Cardiff ended a run of 16 Barclays Premier League home games without one.
  • Sunderland have won just one and lost 11 of their last 13 Barclays Premier League away games (D1).
  • Sunderland have scored 16 goals in the last 21 league games against Villa, but only more than once in a game on one occasion.
  • There have been four red cards in the last three league meetings between Sunderland and Villa at Villa Park, with the Black Cats being given one in each game.
  • Christian Benteke scored a second half hat-trick in this fixture at Villa Park last season, as Paul Lambert’s side racked up their biggest win and inflicted the Black Cats’ heaviest defeat of 2012-13.
  • The Black Cats have lost their last five Premier League away games in a row and failed to score in the last four. The last time they went five away matches without scoring was in May 2009 (six games).
  • In the previous 12 Premier League campaigns that Sunderland have played in, they have only had a worse points-haul after 12 games than they currently have (7) on one occasion – in 2005-06 they had five points.
  • Sunderland have fired in just 29 shots on target this season, fewer than any other team in the top flight.
  • The Black Cats have picked up more red cards than any other team in the Premier League this season (4), but only Palace (12) have picked up fewer yellows than Sunderland (13).
  • Sunderland have kept just one clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.