Is Villa to be involved in the relegation battle?

Last updated: September 28, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLLD
Away form: WWDLL
Last season: 1-2
Referee: M. Jones
Competition: The Premier League

The Villains lost 2-3 to Liverpool on Saturday and that was their fifth defeat this season. Aston Villa players don’t perform well at home, having chalked up from three matches at Villa Park just one draw and two defeats. In addition, Aston Villa haven’t won since the first round of the competition when The Villains won 1-0 against Bournemouth. If they keep performing at the same level they will be in serious trouble and will be involved in a relegation battle.

Stoke City’s first win in their campaign was in the last round against Bournemouth at home. The Potters late first victory has come of the team’s change in playing style, now the players finally feel comfortable with the new way of playing. Mame Biram Diouf is the man in form for Stoke City, scoring on three occasions from the beginning of the season.

The last three games between these two teams have ended with away victories (2 for Stoke City and 1 for The Villains). In fact, the last home win for Aston Villa against Stoke was 6 years ago, when the Birmingham side won 1-0 with a Carew goal in the second half.

Team News

The only one to miss the match for Stoke City is central defender Ryan Shawcross. He is suffering from a back injury and is still not fit enough to play.

Aston Villa attacker Gabriel Agbonlahor received a calf injury and misses the game against Stoke. He is expected to be fit for the visit to Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on 17 October 2015.

Jose Crespo (knee injury), Okore (knee injury) and Gardner (ankle injury) are long-term injuries and there is no exact date when they will be back on the pitch.

Peter Crouch is expected to be given a chance . It’s likely he will start from the bench.

Quotes of the week

coach Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) : “Jack Grealish is worth more than £60m.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “If you suggest I only select Marco van Ginkel because I have to, that’s completely wrong.”

Expected line-ups:

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Sanchez, Sinclair, Westwood, Bacuna, Grealish, Gestede
Subs Charles Gil, Cole, Bennett, Veretout, Kozak, J. Ayew, Bunn.
Injured: Agbonlahor, Crespo, Gardner, Okore
Not available:
Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Muniesa, Cameron, van Ginkel, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Diouf.
Subs Given, Wilson, Joselu, Crouch, Bojan, Sidwell, Adam.
Injured: Shawcross
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Aston Villa this season Stoke City this season
18 League Position 17
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (0)
1-0 vs Bournemouth Biggest win 2-1 vs Bournemouth
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
2-3 to Leicester and Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Arsenal
Gestede (3) Top scorer Diouf (3)
Amavi (2) Assist Leader Arnautovic (2)
Y14, R0 Discipline Y9, R2
2 Failures to score 3
1 Clean Sheets 0
4 Both Teams to Score Games 4
4 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Stoke City won the last game at Villa Park 2-1. The Villains were leading until the end of the first half when Mame Biram Diouf equalized. The Potters earned the points at the end of the match when Moses scored from the penalty spot.
  • Aston Villa have won 20 games from 30 at Villa Park but the last time The Villains took the three points at home against Stoke City was six years ago.
  • There has been 30 Aston Villa victories, 18 draws and 25 Stoke City wins in total. The home ground advantage is a big factor in this clash.
  • Stoke City still hasn’t recorded an away victory this season, drawing on two occasions and losing 2-0 to Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
21/02/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke Sinclair 20′
16/08/14 The Premier League Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa Weimann 50′
23/03/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke Benteke 5′
21/12/13 The Premier League Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa Adam 50′
06/04/13 The Premier League Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa Agbonlahor 9′