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  • December 8, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: R. East
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Stoke City

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Stoke City

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Paul Lambert's side is unbeaten in the past three games, but Tony Pulis' Potters have won four of their past five games and are in form themselves.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Clark, Baker, Lichaj
Holman, Ireland, Westwood
 Bannan,
Benteke, Agbonlahor
STOKE CITY

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

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

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

In contrast, Stoke has 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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The past three meetings between the two sides have ended in draws.
  • The last time Aston Villa beat Stoke in the Premier League was Dec. 19, 2009. The score that day was 1-0.
  • Paul Lambert's side is unbeaten in its 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 score 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 is unbeaten in its last five games, winning four of them. The club is are going for four consecutive wins the Premier League for the first time since last season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Stoke City

Wins
2
1
2
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
35%
28%
37%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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