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December 8, 2012 11:00 PM MYT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ R. East‎
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Aston Villa - Stoke Preview: Resurgent Villans take on in-form Potters

Paul Lambert's side are unbeaten in the past three, however, Tony Pulis' side have won four of their past five games and are on a strong run themselves.

By Michael Lightfoot

Jonathan Walters of Stoke City
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Lowton, Clark, Baker, Lichaj
Holman, Ireland, Westwood
Benteke, Agbonlahor

Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron
Whelan, Whitehead, N'Zonzi, Etherington
Walters, Jones

Aston Villa will have to make do without three players as Richard Dunne (groin), Chris Herd (knee) and Gary Gardner (ACL) are all set to miss out.

However, there could be some good news for Paul Lambert, as Joe Bennett (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (knee), Ron Vlaar (calf) and Enda Stevens (ankle) could all return this weekend.

In contrast, Stoke have a clean bill of health. as Peter Crouch (mouth) and Michael Owen (hamstring) could make a return to the squad.

Charlie Adam has a one-match suspension, while Rory Delap (hernia) and Marc Wilson (broken leg) miss out.

  • The last time Aston Villa beat Stoke in the Premier League was 19 December 2009. The score that day was 1-0.
  • Paul Lambert's side are unbeaten in their last three games, including a goalless draw against Arsenal.
  • Peter Crouch's (pictured, right) potential absence from the squad is a huge loss for Tony Pulis, as he has scored or assisted seven of Stoke's 14 goals this season.
  • The Potters are weak away from the Britannia Stadium but they finally managed to break a run of 16 Premier League games without an away win last time out when they beat West Brom 1-0.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in their last five games, winning four of them. They are going for four consecutive wins the Premier League for the first time since last season.

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