It seems like an easy victory for The Potters.

Last updated: February 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Britannia Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLLLL
Away form: LWLLD
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Aston Villa had a nightmare afternoon against Liverpool at Villa Park in the last round of The Premier League. The Lions conceded 6 in their net and now they will surely be lacking the needed confidence. Even Kolo Toure scored in their net, a player who is not famous for his goal-scoring skills… The Villains are lying in last place of The Premiership and are 8 points below the 17th spot. With 12 matches until the end of the season, Aston Villa will need a miracle in order to stay in the division.

On the other hand, in Stoke City’s previous Premier League match the Potters showed their best form. Mark Hughes’ players beat Bournemouth 3-1 at The Vitality Stadium. The Potters have collected 36 points and now are just 4 below 6th place, which would qualify them for The Europa League. Their new signing Gianelli Imbula is getting on with his new club and he managed to score against The Cherries.

Taking a look back in the previous meetings between these two teams, we can see that The Villains have won 2 of their last 3 visits to The Britannia Stadium. Remi Garde will be hoping his players win again.

Team News

Charlie Adam is suffering from a calf muscle strain. The Scottish midfielder has appeared on 17 occasions in The Premier League this season.

Marc Wilson is the other main omission for Stoke City. The defender is suffering from a knee injury and will be sidelined until April.

Jordan Ayew was sent off in Villa’s defeat to West Ham earlier this month. He will be sidelined through suspension.

Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Kozak, Adama Traore and Amavi are injured for Aston Villa. Libor Kozak will be fit within a couple of weeks.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “Arnautovic is an intelligent boy and he knows what we can give him.”

Remi Garde Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “It’s not completely definitive. Every player has to perform well to keep his place because I have got competition in every position.”

Expected line-ups:

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Imbula, Whelan, Bojan, Afellay, Shaqiri, Arnautovic.
Subs Haugaard, Ireland, Diouf, Bardsley, van Ginkel, Joselu, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Adam, Wilson.
Not available:
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Agbonlahor.
Subs Hutton, Davis, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi, Sanchez, Traore, Kozak, Grealish.
Not available: Ayew.

So far this season

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Stoke City this season Aston Villa this season
10 League Position 20
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-1 vs. Norwich and Bournemouth Biggest win 2-0 vs. Norwich
2 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
5 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 7 (9)
0-3 to Leicester, Man United and Everton Biggest Defeat 0-6 to Liverpool
Arnautovic (7) Top scorer Ayew (5)
Arnautovic, Shaqiri (4) Assist Leader Veretout (4)
Y34, R4 Discipline Y52, R1
11 Failures to score 11
9 Clean Sheets 5
9 Both Teams to Score Games 12
11 Over 2.5 Games 10
15 Under 2.5 Games 16
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 5 of The Villains’ last 6 away Premiership matches. They have conceded at least 1 goal in each of these games.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 7 of Stoke City’s last 8 league games. The only exception was the 0-0 draw against Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium.
  • Aston Villa have won only 3 of their 26 Premier League games this season. The Villains have recorded the highest number of defeats in the league – 16.
  • The Villains have an advantage in the Head to Head matches against Stoke City. Aston Villa have won 30 of 74 games against The Potters.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/10/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City M. Arnautović 55′
21/02/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke City S. Sinclair 20′
16/08/14 The Premier League Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa A. Weimann 50′
23/03/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke City C. Benteke 5′
21/12/13 The Premier League Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa C. Adam 50′