Echo Jury: Tom Usher is confident ahead of Sunderland’s visit to Aston Villa

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IT’S time to get back on track for a top eight finish and we’ll start by beating Villa this weekend.

After a couple of weeks of below par performances, by what I’m sure will be Martin O’Neill’s high standards, he’ll have the Lads up for getting a result at his old stomping ground.

His reception will be mixed at best, but in all probability will be less than civil. It must be difficult to lose a manager as good as O’Neill and after a difficult season under Houllier end up with the average manager of your biggest rivals.

There is certainly some bad feeling towards Villa due to Bent and I’ll not be the only one who wouldn’t mind seeing them relegated.

Prediction: Villa 0 Sunderland 2

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.