Stoke City vs Aston Villa, English Premier League, Matchday 27.
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT, Saturday, 27-February-2016.
Stoke City got back to winning ways against a 3-1 win at Bournemouth after going three matches without a win. They will be hoping for back-to-back wins in the league as they host bottom placed Aston Villa at the Brittania Stadium on Saturday evening.
While Aston Villa are coming on the back of a humbling 6-0 defeat to Liverpool and head-coach Remi Garde will be hoping his boys to regroup and respond in a positive manner.
Stoke City vs Aston Villa : Form Comparison
Last Five Premier League Matches
Stoke City: WLLLD
Aston Villa: LWLDD
Stoke City has managed only one win in their last five league matches, with three of them coming as defeats in a row.
Seven out of the eight matches of Stoke City has witnessed over 2.5 goals, the only exception being the 0-0 stalemate against Arsenal.
Stoke City have failed to score in their last two home matches, with the last one being a 0-3 heavy defeat to Everton.
The 20th placed Aston Villa are showing some kind of resurggance after avoiding defeats in 4 of their last 6 Premier League matches, with 2 of them being wins.
Aston Villa’s away form this season has been terrible and they have managed only one win in 13 outings, with 9 of those ending in defeats.
Their only away win this season came against Bournemouth in the opening week, leaving them without a win in the last 12 away matches. However they have managed 3 draws in the last 6 matches on the road.
Stoke City: Team News
Charlie Adam, Shay Given and Marc Wilson are sidelined for Mark Hughes when Stoke welcome Aston Villa at the Brittania Stadium.
Marko Arnautovic, who missed the Potters’ last game against Bournemouth through illness is expected to replace Walters in attack. Meanwhile Cameron and Ryan Shawcross are available for selection and could start from the bench as Stoke are more likely to retain the same starting lineup which got them 3-1 win against Bournemouth in the last outing.
Stoke City: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Butland – Pieters, Johnson, Muniesa, Wollscheid – Whelan, Imbula – Diouf, Affelay, Shaqiri – Arnautovic.
Aston Villa: Team News
Remi Garde will be without six of his first team players as Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Kozák, Traoré and Amavi are nursing their injuries. While Ghana international striker Jordan Ayew is suspended as he serve the last of the three match ban for his moment of madness against West Ham earlier this month.
Garde will be tempted to make changes after the 6-0 mauling from the hands for Liverpool last time out, but he is left with little option.
Aston Villa Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Bunn – Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho – Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Veretout – Carles Gil – Agbonlahor.
Stoke City vs Aston Villa : Head-to-Head Stats
Last 6 Matches:
Stoke City: 4 wins, Draws: 0, Aston Villa: 2 wins
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City (03-10-2015)
Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke City (21-02-2015)
Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa (16-08-2014)
Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke City (23-03-2014)
Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa (21-12-2013)
Stoke City 1-3 Aston Villa (06-04-2013)
Stoke City vs Aston Villa : Prediction
Aston Villa are currently 8 points below 18th and 17th placed teams and they are aware there is still enough time to ensure their survival in the league. Meanwhile, a win for Stoke could take them as high as 8th position at the end of the matchday 27 depending upon how Watford fare in their encounter.
Five of the last 6 Premier League encounters between Stoke City and Aston Villa have ended in a win in favour of the away side. So, if you back the history, Villa could edge this.
But I expect Mark Hughes to keep his boys well motivated and they could be out their to inflict further misery on a sorry Aston Villa.