Premier League: Aston Villa v Stoke City match preview
A preview of this Sunday’s fixture at Villa Park
Friday 21 March 2014
The 31st week of Premier League action comes to draw live from Villa Park. As Mark Hughes’s Stoke side travel an hour down the M6 to face Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa in the definition of a true mid-table battle.
The Potters have every right to feel confident ahead of their travels after a fine run of form. After picking up 8 points from a possible 15 since the middle of February, Mark Hughes has all but confirmed another season of top flight football for his Stoke Side.
In a near mirror image of Stoke we find Aston Villa, placed comfortably one place above Stoke in 10th. Paul Lambert and his men will also be feeling confident coming off the back of their impressive 1-0 win away at Stamford Bridge last weekend. The team in claret and blue have picked up 9 points in their last 5 matches.
KICK-OFF: Sunday the 23rd of March, 4:00pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
21/12/13 – Stoke City 2 (Adam, Crouch) Aston Villa 1 (Kozák)
06/04/13 – Stoke City 1 (Kightly) Aston Villa 3 (Agbonlahor, Lowton, Benteke)
08/12/12 – Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 0
Aston Villa have won only one of their last eight Premier League games against Stoke City, but five of the games have been draws in that run.
Aston Villa have not won three Premier League home games in a row since October 2007
Only Stoke City (398) have committed more fouls than Aston Villa (379) in the Premier League this season.
Both sides are locked on 34 points, a comfortable nine clear of the drop zone but also nine adrift of ninth-placed Newcastle.
Aston Villa to win: 2.15
Stoke City win: 3.75
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4:00pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10:25pm.
Latest in Sport
Phil Neville and his fellow Match of the Day pundits given warning by the BBC after 'smash them' comment
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United to make £37m Mats Hummels bid; Inter plan Yaya Toure move; Shola Ameobi joins Crystal Palace
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Mario Balotelli's agent speaks as Brendan Rodgers swoops for German duo
- 2 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia