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Another tough game against another very good squad on paper.

An in form Stoke against an in form Aston Villa, can see goals in this one.

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Sheff Utd play the Baggies while Forest play Derby on the same weekend. A win would see us gain some ground on a few teams above us.

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Around 35k sold so far. Probably looking at around 37k. Need to win this, especially with Leeds coming up too. I think we will win both games tbf. Is that the so called hard run out the way then? I know we have Swansea away on Boxing Day. 

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I think out of this difficult run of games, Stoke will be our toughest test. They will come to spoil our way of playing and hopefully steal an ugly win.

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1 hour ago, AVTuco said:

I want us to take it to them and blow them away. 

5 - 2.

Imagine typing that with Bruce as manager.

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Lots of time to prepare, rest and get all our claret and blue ducks in a row for this one. Big crowd, good performance and 3 points. We're due some luck too. I think we might even put this one to bed by half time if we play to our potential and Jack starts. We should have enough to win regardless though, we'll boss possession and make chances, all depends on how well we capitalise on that early on.

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If jack is touch and go he starts on the bench, far too important to risk him for 1 game.

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buzzing about this one....however they are somewhat of a bogey team....

our home record against them is not too good...

Head-to-head matches: ASTON VILLA - STOKE
03.10.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 0 : 1
21.02.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 2
23.03.14 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 4
08.12.12 PL Aston Villa Stoke 0 : 0
09.04.12 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 1
23.04.11 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 1
19.12.09 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 0
01.03.09 PL Aston Villa Stoke 2 : 2

https://www.flashscores.co.uk/match/beYDkyRL/#h2h;home

we have only won one against them in the last 8 home matches...

still buzzing though and confident as we are a different team now so bring it on......

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46 minutes ago, imavillan said:

buzzing about this one....however they are somewhat of a bogey team....

our home record against them is not too good...

Head-to-head matches: ASTON VILLA - STOKE
03.10.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 0 : 1
21.02.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 2
23.03.14 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 4
08.12.12 PL Aston Villa Stoke 0 : 0
09.04.12 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 1
23.04.11 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 1
19.12.09 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 0
01.03.09 PL Aston Villa Stoke 2 : 2

https://www.flashscores.co.uk/match/beYDkyRL/#h2h;home

we have only won one against them in the last 8 home matches...

still buzzing though and confident as we are a different team now so bring it on......

Doesn't mean shit. Most of our players haven't even played Stoke yet in a Villa shirt

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9 hours ago, Rugeley Villa said:

Around 35k sold so far. Probably looking at around 37k. Need to win this, especially with Leeds coming up too. I think we will win both games tbf. Is that the so called hard run out the way then? I know we have Swansea away on Boxing Day. 

Yes after this we have:

Preston away

QPR home

Wigan away

Hull home

Ipswich home

Reading away

Sheffield United home

Reading away

With way we're playing we should be winning majority of those although won't be as easy as that.

As for the game, think it might be a draw. Stoke have underachieved so far but really their squad should be in the play offs at least, think they've had similar issues to what we had in 16/17. Still trying to get over relegation.

Think this could be a game we'll struggle to get back into if we fall behind so crucial to go ahead and pick Stoke off on the break. Is Jack suspended or injured?

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5 minutes ago, villalad21 said:

Doesn't mean shit. Most of our players haven't even played Stoke yet in a Villa shirt

Bogey teams are there for a reason. Think of all the different line ups and managers we've had in last 20 years v Man. United and we couldn't even beat them in the Moyes season. We also never seem to beat Boro at home despite always winning up there.

Maybe not so much us but plenty of the long serving Stoke players like Butland, Shawcross, Pieters and Crouch will have good memories of playing at VP so that obviously spreads confidence to rest of the team if the senior ones are feeling good about the away ground.

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21 minutes ago, Stevo985 said:

This is on my birthday. If Aston Villa really loves me then they’ll win. 

My sons birthday too Stevo and we always win on "Taylor" day

Actually leaving my arm chair for this one 4-1 Villa

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