• Sunderland have scored 16 goals in the last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Villa, and only more than once in a game on one occasion.
  • There have been four red cards in the last four league meetings between Sunderland and Villa at Villa Park.
  • Sunderland are the only team in the bottom eight not to have won a game against a fellow side currently in that section of the Premier League table.
  • Cardiff (4) were the only Premier League team to score fewer goals than Aston Villa (5) in December.
  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games (W1 D3) - they last went five undefeated in the opening five matches of the 2012-13 season.
  • No Aston Villa manager has overseen a Premier League clean sheet in January since Gerard Houllier in 2011.
  • Sunderland have won eight and lost only two (D2) of their last 12 Premier League games in January.
  • Sunderland lead the Premier League this season in both own goals (5) and red cards (5).
  • Aston Villa have conceded the most fouls this season (253) and have the most yellow cards (43).
  • 27% of Sunderland’s goals have been scored in the opening 15 minutes, the highest proportion in the Premier League this season.