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Aston Villa Stoke Team News Free Bets as McLeish to pull away from Relegation trapdoor

Following on from their 1-1 draw at Anfield, Aston Villa will be looking to push on from the point earned against Liverpool over the weekend when they host Stoke City in their Monday night fixture, as Paddy Power offer odds against Alex McLeish’s side.

The Villains have found themselves fighting an uphill battle after an abysmal run of form that boasts just one victory in their last ten games.

Although the Villans are still six points off the drop zone, the Birmingham outfit have a tough run-in of fixtures in these final weeks of the Premier League season and risk falling into the relegation struggle should they fail to get home results.

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Stoke will be one of the easier matches at Villa Park for the hosts in the remainder of this season too, with the Potters recording just one Premier League away win in 2012 so far.

With Darren Bent expected to be out for the rest of the season, Villa have had rely upon other areas of the pitch to provide goals in recent months, with defender turned midfielder, Chris Herd, providing the opener against Liverpool.

Despite their victory over Wolves on Saturday, Stoke won’t be overly confident before travelling to Villa Park this week as they currently own the worst away attack in the Premier League, failing to score in half of their matches away from the Brittania Stadium.

However, Tony Pulis’ men are nonetheless gunning for a top half finish and are currently just three points off Everton in 7th.

Villa pair Charles N’Zogbia and Carlos Cuellar are racing to gain fitness in time for Monday night but both look unlikely to pass fit for the fixture while Andy Wilkinson and Salif Diao may be available for the visiting Stoke.

 

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