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  • 23 April 2011
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Aston Villa - Stoke City Preview: Tony Pulis's men look to improve poor away record to secure Premier League safety

Aston Villa - Stoke City Preview: Tony Pulis's men look to improve poor away record to secure Premier League safety

Potters, who have not won on the road in 2011, hoping to pick up more points as they look to guarantee survival but face tough test from in-form hosts, who are unbeaten in three

 


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Aston Villa: Friedel; Walker, Dunne, Collins, L Young; Downing, Makoun, Petrov, A Young; Agbonlahor, Bent.


Stoke City: Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins; Pennant, Delap, Wilson, Etherington; Jones, Walters.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games.
  • Darren Bent has scored the same amount of goals as Stoke have managed away all season.
  • Villa’s England international front four have scored half of their goals this season.
  • The hosts have lost just twice at home in 2011.
  • Villa have kept a clean sheet just once in their last 10 games.
  • Stoke City have lost more games than anyone else away from home in the league this season.
  • The Potters have the third worst scoring record away from home in the league.
  • Stoke have not won away from home in the league in 2011.
  • Stoke’s top scorer in the league is Robert Huth with six goals.
  • The Potters have kept just one clean sheet in their previous 11 games.

LAST MEETING


September 13, 2010: Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa

Tony Pulis’s men came from behind to seal a dramatic victory with goals from Kenwyne Jones and central defender Robert Huth in the last 10 minutes.

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Players to watch

D. Bent

Position: Attacker

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The England international has scored three goals in his previous three games and is in the right form to cause Stoke problems. If he is given half a chance expect him to be on the scoresheet.

R. Huth

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The central defender is as important to his team at scoring goals as he is at defending them. He will be a calming influence at the back and will provide a stern test for the Villa defence at set-pieces.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams will be brimming with confidence after big wins in their previous games and it is hard to separate the two. If Villa can find the fluency which makes them so dangerous then they could come away with a victory. However, Stoke’s huge semi-final win over Bolton Wanderers will give them good momentum.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Stoke City

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
69%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 0
Stoke City FC STO

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