Confirmed Stoke v Aston Villa lineups: Agbonlahor starts, Micah Richards on the bench

Here is how Stoke City and Aston Villa will line up this afternoon...

Stoke City take on Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon as they seek to make it two wins in a row.

The Potters had endured a tough run of form, but bounced back with a 3-1 thumping of Bournemouth two weeks ago - and Mark Hughes will want the same again.

Defender Ryan Shawcross is unavailable again for Stoke as he continues to come back from injury, meaning Philipp Wollscheid will partner Geoff Cameron in the heart of defence.

Deadline day signing Giannelli Imbula starts after scoring his first Premier League goal against Bournemouth, whilst the talented trio of former Champions League winners - Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay.

Ex-Aston Villa players Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch are on the bench against their former employers, whist Bojan has to settle for a substitute role.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa will be hoping to put in a considerably better performance than when they lost 6-0 to Liverpool a fortnight ago.

Villa appear doomed at the foot of the Premier League table, and sit eight points adrift of safety after a disastrous season.

Today, manager Remi Garde is able to call upon Gabriel Agbonlahor despite being taken off with alleged vertigo against Liverpool, whilst defender Joleon Lescott starts amid controversy over his activity on social media over the last two weeks.

Defender Micah Richards is only on the bench, as are youngsters Jordan Lyden and Andre Green, with the likes of Rudy Gestede and Ciaran Clark available as substitutes too.

Stoke lineup


  • Jack Butland
  • Phil Bardsley
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Erik Pieters
  • Philipp Wollscheid
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Giannelli Imbula
  • Xherdan Shaqiri
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Jakob Haugaard, Dionatan Teixeira, Stephen Ireland, Bojan, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf, Joselu.

Aston Villa lineup


  • Mark Bunn
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Jores Okore
  • Carles Gil
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor

Substitutes: Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Micah Richards, Jordan Lyden, Scott Sinclair, Rudy Gestede.

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