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Stoke City vs. Aston Villa

Britannia Stadium

Monday 13th September 2010

8pm

On Sky

Stoke vs Villa preview

Stoke will be looking at Monday's televised clash with Villa as the perfect opportunity to make up for the poor start to the season. Three games and still without a point on the board could spell trouble ahead, but the Potters can be positive with new signings, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jermaine Pennant and Marc Wilson all ready for their debuts along with Kenwyne Jones who will also be lining up for a belated home debut with every intention of putting his nightmare start against Wolves well behind him.

Stoke's dearth of creativity up front was well known last season, but TP now has multiple attacking options at his disposal with Jon Walters, Ricardo Fuller and Tuncay alongside his latest new signings.

Vital Quotes:

Jermaine Pennant is looking forward to being on the receiving end of some cheers rather than the boos that he's more familiar with the Brit in recent years.

'I usually get abuse from the Stoke fans - fierce abuse down the years.

'Hopefully I can give them something to cheer about this time.'

Stoke City Team News:

An abundance of riches up front will be giving TP some headaches in his team selection. We'd expect to see Kenwyne Jones playing alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen if TP feels that the Icelandic is fit enough to start. That'll leave Ric Fuller demoted to the bench with Jon Walters and Jermaine Pennant in midfield. Thomas Sorensen is struggling with an elbow infection, but hopes to start but you can be sure that Asmir Begovic will be waiting for his chance should Sorensen have to pull out.

Player to watch: Kenwyne Jones

He says that he's now fully fit after the 15 day break since the Chelsea match and so Stoke fans should finally get to see their record signing at the Brit.

Aston Villa Team News:

With new boss, Gerard Houllier, unable to formally take over until his contract is sorted it leaves caretaker boss, Kevin MacDonald with another game on the touchline. New signing, Stephen Ireland is a doubt after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the warm-up against Everton two weeks ago.

Player to watch: Brad Friedel

No Stoke fan will ever forget our first ever win in the Premier League two years ago when a flapping Friedel failed to deal with a Rory Delap throw and the head of Big Mama in the final seconds at the Brit to give us a thrilling 3-2 win.

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Lee Probert

Next Fixtures:

Sat 18th Sept: West Ham (home) kick-off 12.45pm
Tues 21st Sept: Fulham (home) kick-off: 7.45pm - Carling Cup
Sun 26th Sept: Newcastle (away) kick-off: 4.10pm




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 12 2010

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

gonna b a tough game nd a tough 1 to call, although by current form we should win this bt i just know that it's not going to b as easy as that. im going for a close 2-1 win to villa
Avillian136
3v1 Villa or 2v1 Stoke.
Blitz
Good job boys.
me_innit
Well played stoke...May have had a little luck after that diving *****e pennant had to cheat but you could argue you should of had a penalty first half. Thought we were the better team but in the end you got the 2 goals and was a good 3 points for you. Credit you on your style of play tonight aswell, not a usual bullyish style football from you guys which i expected so hats off.
P.Avfc
 

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