BOGEY TEAM // Aston Villa have won only one of their last eight Barclays Premier League games against Stoke City, but five of the games have been draws in that run.
SURPRISE // Stoke have scored fewer headed goals than any other team in the top flight (2).
TIGHT // Four of the five Premier League games between these two sides at Villa Park have ended as draws with one 1-0 win for the home side.
SLACK // Aston Villa have conceded the most in total (8) and the highest proportion (21%) of goals in the opening 15 minutes of PL matches this season.
FORM // Stoke have lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W3 D3 L1) and that was away at Manchester City.
HAT-TRICK // Aston Villa have not won three Premier League home games in a row since October 2007 (four wins).
ON THE ROAD // The Potters have won none of their last 13 Premier League away games (W0 D4 L9), however, have taken two points from their last three trips to Southampton, Manchester City and Norwich City.
RISE // Mark Hughes’ side have won 61% of their aerial duels this season, a higher proportion than any other team in the top division.
DOUBLE, DOUBLE // Stoke will be vying for a second consecutive league double this weekend having taken all three-points in the corresponding fixture at the Britannia Stadium. Last weekend’s 3-1 triumph over West Ham ensured a double over the Londoners having won 1-0 at Upton Park earlier in the season.
SLICK // Stoke have already completed more passes this season (8674) than in any of their previous five Premier League campaigns, with eight games still remaining.