Stoke v Aston Villa: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium
Saturday 16 August 2014
Stoke City finished in the top half last season on 50 points, and begin this term's campaign at home to Aston Villa.
Consolidated by the arrivals of Fulham’s Steve Sidwell, Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley and former La Masia eternal hope Bojan Krkic, the Potters will look even stronger this year.
After another struggling season, the Villans will try to give a bit of joy back to their fans. But it will be difficult on this Saturday as their key player Christian Benteke and their new man Joe Cole are both injured.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Aston Villa 1 (Benteke) Stoke 4 (Odemwingie, Crouch, N’Zonzi, Cameron), Premier League, March 2014S
Stoke 2 (Adam, Crouch) Aston Villa 1 (Kozak), Premier League, December 2013
Stoke 1 (Kightly) Aston Villa 3 (Agbonlahor, Lowton, Benteke), Premier League, April 2013
Stoke was the sixth best away team last season with 38 points, mainly thanks to its defence.
Stoke City have not beaten Villa three times in a row since the 1960s, four victories between 1964 and 1967.
Aston Villa got more yellow cards than any other clubs in Premier League last season : 78.
Stoke to win: 1.91
Aston Villa to win: 4.6
TV: Highlights, BBC 1, 10.30pm
Latest in Sport
Barbarians vs Samoa interrupted by sprinklers as fans criticise lack of Wi-Fi and poor seating at West Ham's Olympic Stadium
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger 'optimistic' of making signing, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Edinson Cavani linked
John Stones to Chelsea: Next season's bumper TV deal means clubs such as Everton can say 'no'
Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2 player ratings: Who was to blame for Chelsea's defeat? Did Pedro impress on his home debut? Sako and Ward star
Kevin De Bruyne: Why do Manchester City put such a high value on a player Chelsea rejected?
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 5 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'