[21st-Feb-15] Match Preview: Aston Villa – Stoke City

New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will take the reins for his first match in charge as the west midlands side host Stoke City. Carles Gil &Gabby Agbonlahor are set to return to the squad for Villa, which they remain without the services of Nathan Barker and Philippe Senderos at the back. Stoke City are also suffering from a few injuries and missing players, with captain Ryan Shawcross alongside Marc Muniesa on the injury list. American Geoff Cameron is also banned for the match but Stoke will have Marc Wilson & Erik Pieters available for selection. Form suggests a stale game. Villa have an appalling scoring record, the likes of which only Portsmouth avoided relegation with in previous Premier League campaigns, while Stoke City are coming off the back of 4-1 losses to Manchester City and Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Form also suggests the worst for Villa, having lost 5 consecutive Premier League games they could make it 6 in a row for the second time this season. They are also without a win in their last 10 games, managing only 3 points from them and have yet to win in the Premier League in over 2 months. The 12 goals scored in 25 games is also the lowest in Premier League history. Stoke City on the other hand have only lost one of their last 5 away Premier League games. Stoke also possess the second lowest shooting accuracy at 36.6% with only Aston Villa being worst but the Potters’ impressive disciplinary record could help them, being only one of two clubs (the other being Burnley) yet to have a player sent off this season. Striker Peter Crouch is also in form having netted in the last 3 games for Stoke.


Predictions:



Flat game but both sides have their chances. Villa fight well for a point.

Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City


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