Mark Lawrenson predicts Sunderland v Aston Villa

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Aston Villa will win against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Villans will head into the clash at the Stadium of Light following two successive wins under new manger Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood lost his first two matches in charge of Villa, but he has since led them out of the relegation zone for the time being.

Villa have also progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the expense of West Bromwich Albion, and former Liverpool defender Lawrenson backs them to make it three wins out of three.

“Tim Sherwood still has a lot of work to do to improve them but a win here would be massive for them and they are capable of edging out a Black Cats team that does not look very convincing at all,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport, while predicting a 2-1 victory for Villa.

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Many Premier League football followers would back Lawrenson’s prediction, especially as Villa have regained some confidence and are in better form than Sunday.

However, playing at home will give Gus Poyet’s side an advantage, which they could eventually make the most of.

Sunderland are currently four points above the relegation zone, and they will know that winning games at home is key to their survival.

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