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The Aston Villa Statto

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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)

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