Aston Villa v Stoke preview

Aston Villa have a full strength squad available. Midfielder Fabian

Delph was the only previous absentee and he has recovered from a

groin injury. Villa are likely to be unchanged after collecting

seven points from their previous three games to climb into the top

half of the table. Assistant boss Gary McAllister will take charge

of the team while Gerard Houllier recovers from chest pains in

hospital. Stoke have no fresh injury concerns and boss Tony Pulis

will select from the same squad which thrashed Bolton last weekend.

Stoke beat Wanderers 5-0 to reach the FA Cup final, in which they

will face Manchester City, and Pulis has reported no lingering

problems from the Wembley victory. Striker John Carew, who was on

the bench last Sunday, is fit having suffered recently with a back

injury while Asmir Begovic could return in goal. Villa (from):

Friedel, Walker, Collins, Dunne, L. Young, Downing, Petrov, Makoun,

A. Young, Agbonlahor, Bent, Marshall, Clark, Heskey, Pires,

Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Cuellar, Delph. Stoke (from): Begovic,

Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Faye, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Wilson,

Pennant, Diao, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Pugh, Jones, Fuller,

Walters, Carew.