Our match prediction:
After impressing in the opening exchanges, Stoke City went through a very rough patch of late as they lost three successive Premier League games, while also crashing out of the FA Cup. The impressive victory at Anfield was little comfort as they narrowly missed out on the League Cup final, but, just as we have predicted, the Potters finally returned to winning ways as they recorded a 3-1 triumph over AFC Bournemouth on the road. With the confidence finally back and the team determined to keep their European hopes alive, chances are Stoke City will extend the winning run against rock-bottom Aston Villa. As much as Remi Garde and his players are trying, it looks as though the Villans will be unable to escape the drop, with an eight-point gap behind safety proving a major burden. The important 2-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich City was virtually neutralised by the 6-0 home loss to struggling Liverpool, so we don't see how they are going to show improvement at the Britannia.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.