Mar 23, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
1-4
StokeStoke City
Benteke (5')
El Ahmadi (8'), Benteke (52'), Albrighton (73'), Bacuna (80'), Baker (82')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Odemwingie (22'), Crouch (26'), Nzonzi (42'), Cameron (90')
Palacios (24')

Preview: Aston Villa vs. Stoke City

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's third goal against West Brom during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014
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Sports Mole previews the match between Aston Villa and Stoke City in the Premier League.

Both Aston Villa and Stoke City will be confident of continuing their recent good form when they face each other at Villa Park on Sunday.

Villa have won their last two Premier League fixtures, including an excellent 1-0 success over league leaders Chelsea last weekend.

The Potters have lost just once in six games, with home triumphs against Arsenal and West Ham United moving them level on points with the West Midlands outfit.

Villa manager Paul Lambert is likely to retain the same starting lineup after the win over the Blues, but Ryan Bertrand is pushing for a recall after missing out against his parent club.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes could be without Erik Pieters due to injury, with former Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa in line to replace the Dutchman, while Stephen Ireland is ineligible.

Recent form

Aston Villa: LLDLWW

Stoke City: DDLWDW

Possible starting lineups

Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Bennett, Vlaar, Bertrand; Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph; Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Muniesa, Shawcross, Wilson; N'Zonzi, Odemwingie, Whelan, Palacios, Arnautovic; Crouch

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City beats Kevin Nolan, James Tomkins and Guy Demel of West Ham United to score their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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