Stoke v Aston Villa preview

Stoke striker Peter Crouch is expected to be back in contention
against Villa. Crouch missed the defeat at Manchester City on
Wednesday through illness and has also had to deal with a burglary
at his home. Glenn Whelan (calf) is again doubtful but his fellow
midfielder Matthew Etherington could return after a slight strain
and defender Ryan Shawcross is back from suspension. Villa are
optimistic joint top-scorer Darren Bent will be available on Monday
night. The club’s record signing, who has netted five goals this
season, has returned to training after being ruled out of the
previous two games with a thigh injury. Fellow striker Emile Heskey
(Achilles) and central defender James Collins (knee) are also
expected to be in contention after missing the mid-week home defeat
against Arsenal but full-back Alan Hutton will be suspended after
his sending-off against the Gunners. Stoke (from): Sorensen,
Woodgate, Shawcross, Upson, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead,
Whelan, Etherington, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Walters, Crouch,
Fuller, Pennant, Delap, Diao, Arismendi, Higginbotham, Wilkinson,
Begovic. Villa (from): Guzan, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark,
Warnock, Beye, Delph, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Bent,
Agbonlahor, Heskey, Delfouneso, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Marshall,
Johnson, Burke.