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Delph: Fit after a groin injury

Delph: Fit after a groin injury

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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.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley  
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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