Stoke City have lost only two of their last 12 Premier League games against Aston Villa going into Saturday’s clash at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross once again misses out with a back injury, but Mark Hughes revealed at his press conference on Friday that Geoff Cameron could play through the pain barrier to start in defence if required, with Marc Muniesa and Marc Wilson both out. Otherwise, Dionatan Teixeira could make his first ever start for the club.
Glenn Johnson is another defensive absentee, but Phil Bardsley should be fit to play at right-back despite a minor injury. Marko Arnautovic is also available again after missing Stoke’s last game at Bournemouth with illness.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, have Rudy Gestede fit again after a hamstring injury, while Gabby Agbonlahor is available after going off complaining of dizziness during the 6-0 defeat by Liverpool last time out.
- Stoke City have won four and lost one of the last five Premier League games against Aston Villa.
- Going further back, the Potters have lost just two of the last 12 Premier League contests against the Villans (W5 D5 L2).
- Aston Villa have won none of their last 12 Premier League away matches (D3 L9).
- Aston Villa have scored just four goals in the last nine Premier League away games.
- Stoke and Aston Villa have failed to score in a joint-high 11 Premier League matches this season (also equal with Newcastle).
- This is Stoke City’s joint-highest points haul after 26 Premier League games along with last season (36).
- No team with 16 points or fewer after 26 games of a Premier League season has ever finished above last place in the division.
- Aston Villa have the lowest chance conversion rate in the Premier League in 2015-16, scoring with just 10% of their shots.
- Aston Villa have scored the highest proportion of second half goals of any team in the Premier League this season (70%).
- The Villans have now lost more games than any other team in Premier League history (322) as well as having drawn the most (274).