Welcome to our Stoke City vs Aston Villa preview. Stoke City’s season is turning out how many predicted; they are hovering around the lower mid-table, but look too good to go down. The same could be said of Aston Villa, except that they have perhaps not lived up to expectation. Christian Benteke was one of the most impressive forwards in the league last season, but this term he has been a bit lacking by comparison, and is currently experiencing a goal drought. Both teams would love to pick up three points here to pull further clear of the drop zone.

Recent Form

Stoke City WLDWD
Aston Villa DDWLL

Previous Meetings

Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 6 Apr 2013 Stoke City 1 – Aston Villa 3
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 8 Dec 2012 Aston Villa 0 – Stoke City 0
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 9 Apr 2012 Aston Villa 1 – Stoke City 1
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 26 Dec 2011 Stoke City 0 – Aston Villa 0
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 23 Apr 2011 Aston Villa 1 – Stoke City 1

Goals Scored

Stoke City have scored 15 goals so far this season, while Aston Villa have scored 16.

Goals Conceded

Stoke City have conceded 20 goals so far this season, while Aston Villa have leaked 21.

Team and Selection News

Aston Villa will have a few absentees for this game, including Vlaar and N’ Zogbia, the latter currently suffering from a long-term injury. Stoke have doubts over three key players for this game, with Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Charlie Adam all unlikely to appear. Peter Crouch may continue to lead the Stoke line given his recent decent form.

Conclusion

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