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Ji handed Villa start

by Kate Smith

Team news from the SoL.

Sunderland’s South Korean striker Ji Dong-won will start his first Barclays Premier League game since August as the Black Cats host Aston Villa.

Ji is one of four changes Gus Poyet has made after Saturday’s draw at Cardiff.  Steven Fletcher starts up front, with Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore dropping  to the bench.

Following his last minute equaliser on Saturday Jack Colback has been handed a start and Ondrej Celustka also starts, the pair replace Sebastian Larsson and Andrea Dossena, who are named substitutes.

Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole ©, Ki, Colback, Ji, Giaccherini, Fletcher

Subs: Dossena, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, Altidore, Borini, Pickford.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, Westwood, Bacuna, Weimann, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs: Steer, Bowery, El Ahmadi, Kozak, Albrighton, Tonev, Donacien.