Having been on the end of a 3-0 defeat when Man United visited Villa Park last weekend, travelling Aston Villa fans will be hoping they get a victory at Stoke and leap over Swansea in the league as they face in-form Everton on Sunday. The midlands side have been impressive on the road this season, having picked up 12 points out of 24 so far, and with Stoke’s new philosophies under Mark Hughes, the fortress at the Britannia stadium isn’t half as intimidating as it once was.
Mark Hughes suffered a 2-0 home defeat early this week at the hands of his former club, Man United, and the Potters fans will be hoping their side can pull-off another good performance that saw them steal all three points from under Jose Mourinho’s nose in their last home league game.
The midweek fixture might have taken it out of some of the Stoke City players, with Mark Hughes fielding the majority of his first team players. Marko Arnautovic has been an impressive addition to the side so far and the Potters fans will be hoping he can produce a moment of magic or two.
Stoke City v Aston Villa Pre-Match Stats
Stoke City have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D4 L1).
Christian Benteke has now gone 11 hours and 59 minutes without scoring a Barclays Premier League goal.
Six of the 10 Premier League meetings between Stoke and Villa have ended as draws (Two Stoke wins, two for Villa).
Aston Villa have conceded more handballs than any other Premier League team this season (15).
Stoke have lost only one home game in the Premier League this season (W3 D4).
Only four teams (Arsenal, Tottenham, Man Utd and Everton) have won more away points than Aston Villa (12) this season.
No team has been awarded more penalties than Aston Villa (3) this season.
In the week that Rory Delap retired from football, Stoke remain the only team to score from a long throw move this season.
Since they arrived in the Premier League in 2008, Stoke have taken 2507 long throws, 1271 more than any other side.
Both Aston Villa and Stoke have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games.