Stoke City vs Aston Villa team news: Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf and Phil Bardsley make home debuts

Paul Lambert adds experience to young team

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Mark Hughes has inserted new faces Phil Bardsley, Mame Biram Diouf and Bojan Krkic into his first team of the season.


The Stoke City boss has constantly spoken of changing the Potters' style of play and former Barcelona striker Bojan has encapsulated that - the tricky, small striker has been excellent in pre-season, scoring three excellent goals.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert seems to have gone full circle.

After leaving his experienced players out in the cold in favour of young legs last season, the Scottish manager has returned to some of those players.

Alan Hutton and Charles N'Zogbia are notable inclusions, while Philippe Senderos, ALy Cissokho and Kieran Richardson will all make their debuts.


Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Bojan, Ireland, Arnautovic; Diouf

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Senderos, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor.