Not difficult to pick Sunderland XI to face Aston Villa, says Gus Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

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GUS POYET insists there will be no surprises in the Sunderland side for tomorrow’s crunch relegation clash against Aston Villa.

Poyet only has 16 senior outfield players available for this weekend’s Stadium of Light tussle against Villa, with the injured Emanuele Giaccherini and Will Buckley, and suspended Lee Cattermole and Adam Johnson all unavailable.

With the players that we have got available for tomorrow, I think the team has practically picked itself – apart from maybe one decision

Gus Poyet

Promising Under-21s winger Duncan Watmore is likely to be involved on the bench, while full-back Billy Jones is fit-again after an ankle problem.

But with those limited options available, Sunderland boss Poyet says his starting XI to face the side lying one point and one place below the Black Cats has largely picked itself.

Poyet said today: “The starting XI tomorrow is not difficult.

“It’s a very common-sense team. I think if you put every single person who plays week-in, week-out, maybe there’s only one that people could disagree with.

“There’s not going to be anything strange. I can’t ask the players to do things simply, and then me complicate things with the team.

“With the players that we have got available for tomorrow, I think the team has practically picked itself – apart from maybe one decision.

“We know that we don’t have too many wingers at the moment, which has created a bit of an issue, but the players need to adapt.”

Sunderland and Villa are the Premier League’s lowest scorers this season, with the pair managing just 38 top flight goals between them.

Poyet expects a tight affair, but hopes Sunderland can emerge victorious in front of yet another near-to-capacity Stadium of Light crowd.

“I cannot see too many goals,” he added.

“The two teams who have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League are not suddenly going to be finishing 3-3.

“Saying that, if one team goes one or two up, there’s going to be spaces.

“Let’s put pressure on them, use the home crowd, and try to win the game.”