Sunderland vs Aston Villa U21s [EFL Trophy]

1 Name: 606 2020-09-08 18:45
Sunderland vs Aston Villa U21s [19:00 BST]

Sunderland begin their EFL Trophy campaign on Tuesday when they take on Aston Villa Under-21s at the Stadium of Light, (KO 7pm).

Phil Parkinson’s side lost out to Hull City on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Saturday, despite dominating much of the 90 minutes.

For tonight’s game, Parkinson has revealed he will select a young Black Cats side which could include the likes of Jack Diamond, Dan Neil and Brandon Taylor.

The contest will be Sunderland’s first in Group F, with Carlisle United and Fleetwood Town making up the numbers.

Team news

Aiden O’Brien is an injury concern after he was taken off during Saturday’s game with Hull, but Parkinson does not believe it is serious.

New recruit Danny Graham could feature after re-joining the Lads on a one-year deal yesterday and insisting he is “fit and raring to go”.

But Elliot Embleton might miss out through a minor thigh problem, although he is due to return to full training this week.


Aston Villa Under-23s finished 7th in the Premier League 2 last season, winning six of their 19 games before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season.

Mark Delaney’s side did the double over the Black Cats’ development squad last campaign, winning narrowly 2-1 at the Stadium of Light last August, before sealing a 4-0 victory at Bodymoor Heath in January.

It is not long until Aston Villa kick off their Premier League season.

Although they do have to wait a bit longer than most teams, with the originally scheduled kick-off against Manchester City being postponed due to City’s run in the Champions League at the end of last season.

So, instead, Villa start their campaign eight days later than originally planned when they take on Sheffield United at Villa Park on Sunday, September 20.

But there is some competitive action before that with Villa taking part in the EFL Trophy group stage.


Sunderland AFC: Matthews, Taylor, Feeney, Xhemajli, Diamond, Power, Leadbitter, Scowen, Neil, Gooch, Wyke

Sunderland AFC Subs: Burge, Flanagan, Maguire, Hume, O’Brien, Graham, Dobson.

Aston Villa U21: Sinisalo, Hayden, S Revan, D Revan, Bridge, A Ramsey, Chukwuemeka, J Ramsey, Wright, Philogene-Bidace, Vassilev

Aston Villa U21 Subs: Onodi, Burton, Sohna, Sturridge, Farr, Brunt, Archer
2 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:47
get the feeling it's going to be a long season hard again lads
3 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:48
any tips for promo?
who's signed well?
4 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:50
Promotion will be decided by which clubs don't go bust
5 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:52
What sport do you think it's hardest to a referee in?
6 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:54
rugby and it's not even close
7 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:56
Handball > Basketball > Gridiron > Football > Rugby > Volleyball
8 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:56
Thing about rugby is that most of it doesn't actually matter that much. Like obviously looking for every little tackling infraction and offside is tough but if you miss the little ones it isn't a big deal, just catch the big stuff. Basketball basically every call is putting points on the board
9 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 18:58
is there any sport that relies solely on the rules and not the refs idea of what the rules are
10 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:33
Hockey and it's not even close .
11 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:35
12 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:37
Golf, net sports. Team sport wise not really
13 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:39
It probably depends on how good your eye is for that sport. I'd have all kinds of trouble calling balls and strikes accurately from behind home plate.
14 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:41
Water Polo is insane for refereeing once they cannot see what happens under water
15 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:43
Footy because no one respects you, the players are for the most part subhuman savages, the rules are so ambigious and your decisions are scrutinized harshly because how low scoring and popular the sport is
16 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:43
ironically i find hockey refs to be the best.
17 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:45
how often to refs actually fall for flops? Please tell me it's 90% vain faggotry rather than a reliable way to get calls.
18 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:47
19 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:49
WWE. Do you see how often they get hurt!
20 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:51
I have been a soccer referee for over a decade at the youth level (going up thru college) and soccer is actually pretty straightforward I think. Not to call it easy, but there's very few rules to actually remember

American football is by far the hardest sport in the world to officiate with the insane length of the rulebook and the nature of the sport, massive guys in armor flying around hitting each other. I feel like baseball is extremely difficult as well, having to have a strike zone and call instantaneous out/safe and the massively long rulebook, not to mention the unwritten rules
21 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:51
A lot actually. Hard to call foul in footy. Its because the fluid nature of it, alot of things is happening simultaneously throughout the match that it can slip through your sight. You need to play it yourself to get a better idea what im talking about. Unless the match is slowing down and youre right next to scene
22 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:53
Those soccer refs in a Brazil who have to worry about being lynched. Really a ref in any 3rd world country type atmosphere
23 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:55
A lot actually.
that's gay. maybe they should add another ref to the field.
24 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:57
When I was a teen, officiating at underage games is pretty difficult if you have over involved parents at the games. Fortunately I never had to deal with that but I bet there are plenty who have and do
25 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 19:59
caring about parents yelling at you
Youth ref for 10 years, I actually enjoy it and find it hilarious
26 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 20:00
signs you're a psychopath (and there is nothing wrong with that, many good, successful people are)
27 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 20:01
How does that make me a psychopath? I think it's hilarious that parents take youth sports games so seriously. I have had to pause games before from laughing too hard when I hear a kid tell their own parent to shut the hell up. I also think it's funny listening to retards who don't even know the rule I'm calling tell me why I'm wrong for doing it.
28 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 20:03
This big league refs have it easy. Some parents literally think they're kid is the next Adrien Peterson, Pèle, Babe Ruth and will actually beat up a ref after a bad call.
29 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 20:05
they definitely dont have it easier. just because they dont have the fans direclty there on the sidelines yelling at them, they are under infinitely more scrutiny than low level youth refs
30 Name: Anonymous 2020-07-24 15:14
I don't know about hardest, but being main referee in tennis must be one of the easiest. You just stay on your own chair with a shade, and the players can't argue too much
31 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 22:49
Soccer for sure because some paco will not hesitate to skin you alive after the game if you card his favourite player.
32 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 23:06
These days it is not so rough. In the 70s there was a ref who carried a gun in the field. His name was clinamulte vieira frança.
33 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-08 23:23
Big league refs have security though.
34 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-09 01:57
35 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-12 13:25
Match highlights since nobody give a fuck about this match.

Sunderland 8-1 Aston Villa U21 highlights.
36 Name: Anonymous 2020-09-12 13:42
Accrington Stanley 7-0 Leeds U21
Sunderland 8-1 Aston VIlla U21
what a fucking joke, remove the u21 teams from the competition

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