Aston Villa v Stoke City stats: Can Benteke win battle against Wollscheid?

Christian Benteke is bound to be important as Aston Villa take on Stoke City.

The stage is set at Villa Park as new manager Tim Sherwood prepares to take charge of Aston Villa for the first time on Saturday.

The former Tottenham boss was appointed as Villa manager last week, and will host Stoke City in his first game in charge this weekend.

Sherwood has no time to waste, with Villa in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend's fixures - so he needs to turn things around quickly.

One of Villa's big problems this season has been their inability to score goals on a regular basis, hitting just 12 goals in 25 games this term.

That's even with having Christian Benteke at the club, with the Belgian international struggling to make an impact so far this season.

Given the way Sherwood helped Emmanuel Adebayor hit form at Tottenham last season, many fans are expecting him to work the same magic with Benteke - and he will be at the centre of this weekend's key battle against Stoke defender Phillipp Wollscheid.

Here are some stats for the duo this season...

  PositionTeamGoalsTotal ShotsShots on targetBig Chances MissedTotal Flick OnsAerials WonAerials LostGamesMins Played
Christian Benteke FW Aston Villa 2 48 14 5 59 72 63 16 1,232
  PositionTeamAerials WonAerials LostInterceptionsDuels WonGamesMins Played
Philipp Wollscheid DF Stoke 15 9 5 30 5 450

German defender Wollscheid has proven to be a physical, aerially impressive defender during his time with the Potters. Whilst Benteke has won just over 50% of his aerial battles, Wollscheid has won over 60% - so if Villa want to play direct up to Benteke, they could find a defender ready to cope with it.

Benteke has only managed to get 14 of his 48 shots this season on target, which is just 29%, whilst he's also missed five big chances in just 16 games. These are concerning stats which Sherwood will want to rectify, starting with the game against Stoke.

With just two goals this season, Benteke isn't the threat he was last term - but Wollscheid will have to be on his game in order to keep Benteke off the scoresheet.

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