Connor Wickham

U21 Preview: Striking pair named

by Stuart Vose

Wickham and Ji in line for run-outs.

Development squad coach Kevin Ball has named Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won in his squad for this afternoon's Barclays U21 Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.

Both are expected to get run-outs under their belts, with the game kicking off at 2pm behind closed doors at the Academy of Light.

Sunderland head into the game looking to build on a fine away win at Stoke last time out.

Meanwhile Ball's side have also notched two recent friendly wins, versus Hull and local rivals Newcastle.

Villa also played Stoke in their last league game, winning 3-2 courtesy of goals from Michael Drennan (2) and Andras Steiber.

The Midlands club sit fourth in the division with two wins, three draws and a single defeat so far.

Sunderland (from): Pickford, Wilson, Marrs, Adams, Reed, Joyce, Ferguson, Egan, Oliver, Mitchell, Gorrin, Wickham, Dong-won, Lynch, Laidler, Deacon.