Last Updated: 21/12/13 5:50pm
FULL TIME. That's it, Stoke win 2-1 at the Britannia to leapfrog their rivals in the table. Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.
Adam tries to release N'Zonzi down the right flank but the ball goes out for a throw in to Villa midway in their half.
Villa win a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. Albrighton puts the ball into the box but Shawcross heads away.
Leigh Neale from Eastbourne asks: 'Please can you welcome to the world a new Villa fan - Charley Gwen Joiner - she was born a Claret & Blue on Thursday 19th December.' Congratulations mate, you could still crown her birth with a win here!!
Kozak volleys at goal from 16 yards in the centre and Begovic has to tip the ball over for a corner.
Adam takes the corner to Whelan on the far edge of the box. He puts the ball into the box and Crouch flicks the ball onto the post from six yards. So unlucky!
GOAL - CROUCH!!!! Crouch restores the advantage from close range following a cross from Cameron from 20 yards on the right. Replays show Crouch controlled the ball with his right arm but the goal stands!
GOAL - KOZAK!!!! Guzan punts the free-kick forward and the ball falls to Pieters. He tries to head back to his keeper from 20 yards but Kozak latches onto it and slots home with Begovic stranded!!! What a howler!!
Albrighton has a shot from the right blocked by Shawcross in the box. Stoke break forward and Walters wins a throw in 25 yards out. They Potters take but concede a free-kick just outside the Villa box..
Apparently Herd was booked for booting the ball away after the Delph tackle - Delph is definitely lucky to stay on the pitch.
Adam takes the free-kick but it hits the wall. Walters then tries to release Adam into the right side of the box but Guzan is quickly off his line to gather.
Adam is fouled by Delph on the edge of the box on the right but it is Herd who is booked. Delph looks lucky to stay on the pitch because his challenge was late.
Stoke punt the free-kick forward and Delph catches Crouch on the right flank with a scissor tackle. Stoke players want him sent off but he is booked.
Villa win a free-kick 30 yards out on the left. Weimann takes but Stoke partially clear. Baker then finds Tonev to the left of the box but his cross across the face of goal is hit too hard for any Villa player to get on it and it runs out for a goal kick.
Lowton catches Assaidi for a Stoke free-kick midway in their own half. Stoke players want him booked but the ref does not brandish the card.
GOAL - ADAM!!!! Stoke take the free-kick forward, Crouch heads down to Adam in the box. Baker is too tight to him and Adam turns the defender before slotting home from close range.
Stoke take the free-kick and the ball falls to Pieters who tries an effort at goal from 35 yards on the left but it is way wide.
Yasser Hussainey says: 'After a goaless first-half, i think both teams will step up a little and aston villa will go on to win 2-1, with Weimann and Clark scoring the goals for aston villa.!' Cheers Yasser, hopefully there will be some goals!
Stein from Bergen, Norway has been back in touch to say: 'A rather disappointing 1st half - too many mistakes made by both teams. The Potters showed some better play in the last 10 mins, so I still think we can claim all 3 Points here. New prediction: Stoke 2, Villa 0.' Cheers Stein, let's hope for some goals in the second period!
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 5/4 for a Stoke win, 5/4 for the draw and 7/2 for a Villa victory. My 3-2 Villa prediction is now out to 100/1 but you never know! What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
HALF TIME. That's it for the first period. Who will break the deadlock in this tight game at the Britannia - stay with us for the second half to find out.
Assaidi puts the corner into the box but Villa partially clear. Cameron crosses into the box again from the right but Shawcross heads out for a goal kick from 15 yards.
Assaidi crosses from ten yards out on the left and first Crouch and then Arnautovic have shots blocked by Clark and Baker. Cameron then sees a cross from the right put out for a corner on the right.
Crouch controls the ball on his chest before trying to lob Guzan with a volley 30 yards out in the centre but the ball sails over the bar.
Assaidi takes the box and the ball falls to Cameron at the far post but he heads wide from close range.
Cameron hits a cross-cum-shot into the box from 22 yards on the right and Guzan has to tip it over the bar for a corner on the left. It was going into the top of the net so was a great save.
Villa take the throw in and feed the ball to Albrighton on the right but his cross from near the byline goes out for a goal kick.
Albrighton takes the free-kick and Villa win a throw in in a similar position on the other side. Cameron is complaining he has been caught by an elbow off Kozak but the ref just gives the players a talking to.
Albrighton goes down under a challenge from Pieters for a Villa free-kick just inside their half on the right.
Crouch wins a free-kick just inside the Villa half on the right. They punt it forward for Crouch but Baker manages to clear on the edge of the box.
Tonev presses down the left flank but Shawcross tracks over, tackles and the ball hits Tonev and goes out for a goal kick.
Assaidi takes the corner but it is over hit and misses everyone in the box. Arnautovic retrieves the ball before crossing back into the box from the left but Guzan is quickly off his line to gather.
Stoke work the ball well to Arnautovic down the right flank and Baker concedes a corner on the right.
Cameron passes to Wilson who can not control the ball and he then catches Wiemann 25 yards out and he is booked. There are appeals for red because he was denying him a goal-scoring opportunity.
Albrighton takes the corner short and try to feed the ball to Tonez on the far side but the balls rolls out for a Stoke throw in.
Clark crosses into the box from 30 yards on the left and Pieters heads it out for a Villa corner on the right.
Assaidi crosses from 12 yards on the left but Lowton partially clears. Pieters then crosses into the box from a similar position but Guzan gathers at his near post.
Villa take the throw in 25 yards out on the right and Albrighton tries to take retribution on Pieters, catching him with a late challenge for which he is booked.
Albrighton tries to run down the right flank and is shoved into the advertising hoardings by Pieters.
Albrighton takes the corner but Stoke again clear and break forward. Arnautovic crosses from the right but Baker heads back to his keeper.
Villa continue to press and Tonev's cross from the left is headed away by Shawcross. Stoke break forward and Assaidi wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. The Potters and go backwards before Wilson hits a poor backpass out for a Villa corner on the right.
Villa come again and Delph again tries to release Tonev into the left corner but it is over hit and rolls out for a goal-kick.
Albrighton crosses into the box from 25 yards out on the right. Cameron can only partially clear the ball to Tonev on the edge of the box but his volley lacks power and is straight at Begovic who gratefully gathers.
Villa take the throw in and win another 25 yards out on the right. They take but Pieters wins a throw in in a similar position.
Begovic punts the free-kick forward but it goes out for a Villa throw in midway in their half on the right.
Albrighton tries to run onto a long ball into the right corner but he fouls Pieters for a Stoke free-kick on the edge of their box.
Albrighton makes a strong run into the right side of the box before crossing across the face of goal and Kozak just misses converting it from close range in the centre but he is flagged offside anyway.
Villa win a corner on the left. Albrighton takes it short before Westwood crosses into the box from 20 yards on the left. Baker makes a diving header from eight yards but it is straight at Begovic who gathers.
Delph tries to release Tonev into the left corner with a long crossfield ball but it runs out for a goal kick.
Assaidi makes a strong run down the left flank before trying to cross into the box from 20 yards but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Arnautovic wins a throw in 22 yards out on the right. Stoke take and Arnautovic crosses into the box from the right but Herd clears.
Stoke come again and Arnautovic tries to run onto a pass from the right into the box but Guzan is quickly off his line to gather.
Villa win an early corner on the right. Albrighton takes but Shawcross heads away before Tonev blazes over from 25 yards out in front of goal.
Stein from Bergen, Norway says: 'Very important game for both teams. Stoke should have the edge this afternoon, but if there is one thing I have learned from following SCFC for 30+ years, is that you can never know what's going to happen...My prediction: Stoke 3, Villa 1.' Cheers Stein, enjoy the game!
'Big strong defence to deal with Crouchy for the mighty Villa! Nice to see Kozak given a chance, fancy him for a couple of goals! Albrighton to be the difference! 3-1 Villa! UTV' - Philbert
Steve in Saudi Arabi says: 'Lots of people were dubious whether Mark Hughes could give Stoke a different edge to their game. I think he has proven that he has - really enjoying the different way that the Mighty Potters are playing this season. We just need that finishing touch that a good striker would bring - the game against Man Utd showed that! I'm going for a Potters win at Fortress Britannia!' Cheers Steve, enjoy the game.
FIRST VIEW - Malcolm has been in touch to say: 'Villa have an interesting line-up today without Benteke but more importantly Fabian Delph back in Central Midfield. I fancy a Villa win today either 2-1 and maybe even 3-1.' Cheers Malcolm, you think Villa will win also. Anyone out there think the Potters can triumph?
MY VIEW - I reckon they'll be goals today, despite Villa not scoring in seven of their last ten Premier League games. They won 3-2 at Southampton earlier this month and I'm going to go for the same scoreline in Villa's favour here - which is priced at a handsome 50/1 with Sky Bet! What are your views / predictions for today's game? Send them to email@example.com
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Teams - Stoke have made two changes, bringing in Walters and Pieters, while Villa have made five changes, with no place in the squad for striker Christian Benteke.
Teams - Villa: Guzan, Herd, Baker, Clark, Lowton, Delph, Westwood, Tonev, Weimann, Kozak, Albrighton. Subs: Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Steer, Luna, Sylla, Bowery.
Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Walters, Arnautovic, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Wilkinson, Sorensen.