Villa's Jack Grealish compared to Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa will take on Stoke City at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Aston Villa welcome Stoke City to Villa Park tomorrow for what is already shaping up to be a vital Premier League encounter for both sides.

The Villans desperately need a result against the club positioned directly above them in the league table after a disappointing start to the campaign.

Neither side have made the start they would have hoped for, but a Stoke victory would put them five points above 18th-placed Villa.

Goals win games and so the burden will fall to the opposing sets of attackers to make the difference.

The performances of Jack Grealish and summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri will be crucial in determining who comes out on top, and we've taken a look at their Premier League statistics so far this season.

  GoalsAssistsChances CreatedSuccessful take-onsShot AccuracyPass CompletionMins Played
Jack Grealish 1 0 4 12 75% 82% 338
Xherdan Shaqiri 0 1 7 8 33% 83% 382

The two are evenly-matched in most areas, with one goal to Grealish's name but no assists, and the reverse is the case for Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international has created more goalscoring opportunites - seven to Grealish's four - but has had fewer successful take-ons (8 compared to 12 for the Villa man) and a far worse shot accuracy - 33% versus 75% for Grealish.

Both are neck-and-neck with their pass completion rate but Grealish gets the nod overall, having played 46 minutes less than the former Bayern Munich man.

Scrutiny on the Villa youngster will be turned up a notch, after his decision to play for England, and he has the chance tomorrow to prove he has a role to play for the Three Lions.

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