Predicted Aston Villa and Stoke City line-ups

Villa Park

Here is how we predict Aston Villa and Stoke City will line up for this weekend’s match:

To be played on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 14:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Odds: Aston Villa 7/5, Draw 11/5, Stoke 2/1

Aston Villa welcome Stoke City to Villa Park on Saturday with both sides desperate to take the three points and start their climb up the Premier League table.

Villa are currently 18th while Stoke are one place and two points better off with seven matches played.

Both sides made a number of new additions during the summer and it was always going to take some time for those players to settle, but neither manager will have expected their early-season struggles.

In early team news, Villa are without Gary Gardner and Jores Okore while Jose Angel Crespo is rated at only 50 per cent to feature due to a knee injury.

Tiago Ilori is lacking match fitness but the loan signing from Liverpool was unlikely to feature regardless.

As for Stoke, Mark Hughes’ side must do without centre-back Ryan Shawcross yet again while Marc Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri are expected to recover from calf and hamstring injuries respectively.

Aston Villa predicted lineup

  • Brad Guzan
  • Jordan Amavi
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Micah Richards
  • Jack Grealish
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Rudy Gestede

Stoke predicted lineup

  • Jack Butland
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Glen Johnson
  • Erik Pieters
  • Philipp Wollscheid
  • Charlie Adam
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Bojan
  • Jonathan Walters

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