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In Birmingham, Aston Villa and Stoke City will meet on Thursday evening in the battle for the Carabao Cup. Aston Villa is still undefeated and hopes that series can continue against Stoke City. However, the visitors from Stoke-on-Trent last lost a duel at Villa Park in 2009.
There are currently four teams in the Premier League that are still without a point loss. Aston Villa is one of those clubs. The Dean Smith team played two league games so far and took the full advantage in both games. After a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United last Monday, Villa managed to book a 0-3 win on a visit to Fulham last Monday. After fifteen minutes, Aston Villa was already 0-2 ahead of Craven Cottage by hits from Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane. Almost immediately after the break, Tyrone Mings closed the game.
The big win over Fulham is striking, especially since Aston Villa is seen as a competitor of the London club. Smith’s formation – if you include the last four matches of last season – is already unbeaten for eight official games in a row. In the tournament for the Carabao Cup, Aston Villa also stepped off the field as the winner in the past two weeks in the duels with Burton Albion (1-3) and Bristol City (0-3). As in the previous two rounds, The Villans will take on a team from a lower division again this week. Stoke City has been a regular guest at Villa Park in recent years, but we have to go back eleven years for the last home win. In 2009 Aston Villa managed to beat Stoke City for the last time. John Carew made the only goal of the game at the time on the instructions of current Internazionale player Ashley Young. High time for Aston Villa to win once again in their own stadium of Stoke City.
Stoke City will be only too happy to qualify for the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup. In recent years, The Potters were often eliminated early in England’s second cup tournament. Only in the 2015-2016 season did Stoke City do well in the Carabao Cup with a semi-final place as a result. A semi-final place may again be possible for Stoke City five seasons later. Michael O’Neill’s team will first have to deal with Aston Villa in Birmingham. With Wolverhampton (0-1 win), Stoke City already eliminated a Premier League club from this tournament. In addition, Blackpool (0-0, win after penalties) and Gillingham (1-0) also had to believe in the duels with the club from Stoke-on-Trent.
In the Championship, Stoke City has had three games. Stoke divided these three matches neatly over all three possible results: Stoke won once, drew once and lost one match. Stoke City booked the victory last Saturday in the game at Preston North End. Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen was shown a red card after 22 minutes for a foul. Seventeen minutes later, Stoke forward Lee Gregory tapped in the only goal of the game. With that, the 32-year-old attacker immediately crowned his first league game of the season with a goal. In the duel with Aston Villa, Gregory is likely to form an attacking duo with Tyrese Campbell, the son of former Arsenal player Kevin Campbell. Thibaud Verlinden and Joe Allen have to let this match of The Potters pass them by.
Aston Villa vs Stoke head to head matches
23.02.19 CHA Stoke Aston Villa 1 : 1
15.12.18 CHA Aston Villa Stoke 2 : 2
27.02.16 PL Stoke Aston Villa 2 : 1
03.10.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 0 : 1
21.02.15 PL Aston Villa Stoke 1 : 2