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Head-To-Head With Aston Villa


TOMORROW AFTERNOON'S hotly-anticipated encounter represents the 112th meeting in all competitions between the two sides.

Despite the Potters coming into the match as favourites to claim all three points it is the visitors who will be buoyed by previous history, having recorded 50 victories in all competitions as opposed to the 31 City triumphs.

Throughout the modern day Premier League era however, it is ourselves who hold the narrow advantage having claimed four wins to Villa's two, with the other six encounters all finishing in stalemate.

100 of those 112 previous fixtures have occurred in the league, so take a look at all of the past history as #pottersmag trawls through the footballing archives to dig up some information ahead of the 2014/15 curtain-raiser

42% / Stoke City's win percentage in league matches against Aston Villa on home turf.

28% / Aston Villa's win percentage at the Victoria Ground and the Britannia Stadium.

13 / The Potters boast a +13 goal difference over the Villans on home turf.

1.48 / The average number of goals the Potters have netted in each of the previous 50 league home games against Villa.

1.22 / The average number of goals scored by Aston Villa in each of their 50 away league clashes against the Potters.

SIX / Tony Waddington oversaw an emphatic 6-1 Stoke City victory at the Victoria Ground back in 1966 - the Potters' biggest victory over the Villans.

1800s / The first ever meeting between the two sides in Stoke-On-Trent occurred in 1888, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. That meeting was sandwiched in between a 5-1 and 6-1 Villa wins in Birmingham.

Did You Know? The Potters claimed their first league double over Aston Villa in almost half a century last season courtesy of a 2-1 victory here at the Britannia Stadium and a memorable 4-1 triumph in front of the Sky television cameras at Villa Park.

Did You Know? Up to as many as four former Aston Villa players could line up against the former side at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, with Thomas Sorensen, Stephen Ireland, Steve Sidwell and Peter Crouch all having featured in the Premier League for the Villans.

*Please note that all stats are based on the 100 previous league encounters between the two sides, and don't include friendly or cup meetings.

Make sure you pick up a copy of the Club's award-winning matchday publication #pottersmag prior to kick-off. The 100-page perfect bound magazine is priced at £3.50 and includes exclusive interviews and features with all of your favourite first team players and management.

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