PROGRESS // Stoke City have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D4 L1).
DROUGHT // Christian Benteke has now gone 11 hours and 59 minutes without scoring a Barclays Premier League goal.
OMEN // Six of the 10 Premier League meetings between Stoke and Villa have ended as draws (Two Stoke wins, two for Villa).
HANDBALL // Aston Villa have conceded more handballs than any other Premier League team this season (15).
HOME COMFORTS // Stoke have lost only one home game in the Premier League this season (W3 D4 L1).
PLAYING AWAY // Only four teams (Arsenal, Tottenham, Man Utd and Everton) have won more away points than Aston Villa (12) this season.
CONTRAST // Paul Lambert’s side have actually accrued more points away from home than at Villa Park during 2013.
DECISION // No team has been awarded more penalties than Aston Villa (3) this season.
IRONIC // In the week that Rory Delap retired from football, the Potters remain the only team to have scored from a long throw move this season.
NIL // Both Aston Villa and Stoke have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games.
CHANGE // Saturday could be the first time that Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth haven't featured in a Premier League line-up in four years.