Alex McLeish's men need victory to secure their top-flight status for the 2012-13 campaign, whilst Tony Pulis's side aim to seal a top-half finish to cap a fine season
Hutton, Collins, Baker, Lichaj
Ireland, Herd, Bannan, Warnock
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington
Aston Villa are set to name an unchanged side from the one that produced a heroic effort to secure a 1-1 draw away at Liverpool on Saturday.
Alex McLeish has a number of injury problems and may be forced to hand Stephen Warnock a second successive start in a less familiar left-wing position.
Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week and joins long-term absentees Darren Bent, Fabian Delph and Richard Dunne on the sidelines.
Charles N'Zogbia, Ciaran Clark and Carlos Cuellar are all nearing first-team returns but are not considered match fit yet.
Stoke City are also expected to name the same line-up that saw off Wolves at the weekend. That means another start for Ryan Shotton, who came in for the injured Andy Wilkinson.
Wilkinson's groin injury is worse than first feared and he remains on the treatment table alongside Jonathan Woodgate, Salif Diao and Mamady Sidibe.
Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington are both expected to start their second games in succession as they recover from slight knocks suffered last month.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Aston Villa have won just one of their last five home matches, drawing two and losing two in the process.
- Villa have picked up only 12 points from a possible 51 against top-half opposition this season.
- Villa have conceded the highest number of goals (13) from corners this season.
- Stoke have earned just one point from their last five away games.
- The Potters have picked up just 17 points from their last 15 games in total.
- Tony Pulis (pictured right) has seen his men scored more than a third of their goals (34.5%) between the 75th and 90th minutes.
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