Match preview: U21s host Aston Villa

SAFC Under-21s will continue their Premier League 2 campaign on Monday evening against Aston Villa at Eppleton CW (KO 7pm).

John Hewitson will continue to lead the team after overseeing their pre-season tour of the US, which concluded with three successive victories.

The trip to North America also coincided with the club's PL2 opener at Norwich City, which saw several Under-18s impress in a 3-2 defeat against an experienced Canaries side.

Team news

Sunderland's ranks will be bolstered following their return to the UK, but several of the Under-18s will be hoping to continue their involvement after a stellar showing on opening day.

Summer signings Max Thompson, Cal Wilson, Owen Robinson and Tom Chiabi could make their respective debuts for the Under-21s, but Conor Pye will be unavailable for selection.

The defender is continuing to build his fitness following a move from Morecambe, with Ben Crompton also set to miss out due to injury.

Last time out

Villa saw a three-goal lead slip through their grasp against Middlesbrough on opening day at Bodymoor Heath.

Netherlands international Anwar El Ghazi notched an assist for Tyreik Wright’s opener before netting a free-kick, with Brad Young making it 3-0 before the half-time whistle.

Boro responded following the restart, though, fighting back to claim a point by scoring three times in 12 second-half minutes through Sam Collins, Calum Kavangh and Bryant Bilongo.


Unfortunately, we are unable to stream Monday's fixture due to Premier League Broadcasting regulations.

This is due to Monday's televised Premier League fixture on Sky Sports taking place at the same time.


Priced at for £3 adults and £1 for under-16s, tickets are available by clicking here.

Sunderland AFC season card holders can gain free access to all Under-21 home fixtures during the 2022-23 season, including this evening's match.

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