CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The last four Barclays Premier League games between these two sides have finished in draws; with just four goals being scored.
SURPRISING: Stoke have won just one of their last six league games at the Britannia Stadium, drawing three and losing the other two.
GIVEAWAY: Only Southampton (27) and Reading (23) have lost more points from losing positions this season than Aston Villa (21).
STRUGGLE: Tony Pulis’ side have picked up fewer points in 2013 so far than any other team in the Premier League (5).
HIT-MAN: Villa ace Christian Benteke has scored nine goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.
FIRING BLANKS: The Potters have failed to score in more Premier League games than any other side this season (14).
OPEN: It is 15 Premier League games since Aston Villa kept a clean sheet. Should they concede in this game, they will equal the longest run without a shutout seen in the Premier League this season (Everton – 16).
DISCIPLINED: The Potters have conceded just six goals in the opening 30 minutes of their league matches this season; a Premier League low.
HUTH THERE IT IS: Aston Villa are one of only three Premier League sides that Robert Huth has scored against more than once (the others being Everton and Sunderland).
TOUGH TACKLER: American international Geoff Cameron is one of only three players to make 100 tackles in the Premier League this season (pictured above)