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.