Ahead of Saturday's games, Villa are currently three points in front of 18th-placed Wigan Athletic, with a victory potentially taking them to within touching distance of safety.
Manager Paul Lambert witnessed his side lose 3-0 to Manchester United last Monday, but he would have been encouraged by their performance in the second half and that could see him hand a start to midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
Sunderland's form has been turned around by new manager Paolo Di Canio, and he has guided the Black Cats six points clear from the relegation zone.
They have beaten Newcastle United and Everton in their last two games, and Di Canio is unlikely to tinker with his side for the game against Villa.
Aston Villa: WWLWDL
Possible starting lineups
Aston Villa: Guzan; Vlaar, Bennett, Baker, Lowton; El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann
Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson; N'Diaye, Colback, Johnson, McClean; Sessegnon, Graham
Sports Mole says: 1-1