Team News: Christian Benteke leads Aston Villa line against Sunderland

Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring his second goal against Malaga during a friendly match on August 10, 2013
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Christian Benteke leads the Aston Villa forward line as his side take on Sunderland in the Premier League this afternoon.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has decided to start with Christian Benteke in attack as his side welcome Sunderland in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Belgium striker is also supported by the forward presence of both Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann as Villa go in search of an important home win.

The home side have also given starts to Ashley Westwood and Karim El Ahmadi, who both scored as Villa came from two behind to grab a draw against West Bromwich Albion last time out.

The visitors have stuck with their trusted 4-5-1 formation, with Steven Fletcher leading the Sunderland line up top, while support comes from Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Defender Wes Brown has also been given his place back in the side after the red card he picked up against Stoke City was rescinded earlier in the week.

Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Delph, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann

Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, Dossena, Brown, O'Shea, Ki, Gardner, Larsson, Borini, Giaccherini, Fletcher

Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland fails to score from close range during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 30, 2013
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