Aston Villa v Stoke Odds, Live Stream and Team News : Villains look for hat-trick of victories
The latest Aston Villa v Stoke odds, live streaming schedule plus team news as the Villa look for another three points as they welcome Mark Hughes side to the Midlands (KO 16:00GMT).
Aston Villa will look to win three Premier League home games in a row for the first time since October 2007 when they take on Stoke City later today.
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Confidence will be high in the Villa ranks following an impressive 4-1 win over Norwich and an even better 1-0 win over Chelsea in their last two outings.
The wins have moved the club up to 10th in the table and while there is no chance of further progress this weekend with 9th place Newcastle 9 points ahead of them however they can keep the pressure on Alan Pardews men.
One man who has impressed in recent weeks is Joe Bennett and the defender has given manager Paul Lambert a welcome headache after a strong showing last weekend.
Bennett has moved ahead of Antonio Luna and on-loan Ryan Bertrand in the standings with Lambert admitting it will be difficult to leave the left back out.
“He’s had a hard time but that performance [against Chelsea] was excellent,” Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.
“I never really waver when a lad goes on to the pitch.
“If they are out there I believe they’ll go and do the job and try their utmost, so I trust them to go and do their best.
“He was outstanding. It was his first game there for months and months and I thought he was absolutely terrific for us.
Stoke meanwhile will head into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over West Ham United.
Rather interestingly and a sign of the impact that Mark Hughes is having on Stoke is that fact that with 8 games to go the club have already completed more passes this season (8674) than in any of their previous five Premier League campaigns.
Although with his side winning 61% of their aerial duels and committing the most fouls in the Premier League there is still plenty of the character that Tony Pulis instilled left in the side.
While the Potters have proved formidable opponents on their home patch as Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal can all testify they have struggled on the road and will head to Villa Park without a win in any of their last 13 away games.
During that run the club have conceded three goals or more on 6 occasions although with two draws in their last 3 games they signs are they improving on the road.
While Villa may be chasing a third successive win, the smart here is on a draw with 5 of the last 8 Premier league meetings between the two ending in a stalemate.