The duo, who were both substitutes in last weekend's 3-1 win over Birmingham, are preferred to David Meyler and Benjani from the side that started last weekend's 3-1 win over Birmingham.
With Kenwyne Jones not even on the substitutes' bench, Darren Bent is expected to play as a lon striker this evening.
Fraizer Campbell is set to start on the right of midfield, with Kieran Richardson playing in the hole between midfield and attack.
Sunderland's back four in unchanged, with John Mensah having recovered from the knock he picked up at the weekend.
ASTON VILLA (4-4-2): Friedel; Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; Downing, Milner, Petrov, Young; Carew, Heskey.
Subs: Guzan (gk), Young, Beye, Sidwell, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Salifou.
SUNDERLAND (4-4-1-1): Gordon; Hutton, Turner, Mensah, Ferdinand; Campbell, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque; Richardson; Bent.
Subs: Carson (gk), Bardsley, Zenden, Cana, Da Silva, Kilgallon, Benjani.