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Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Stoke at Villa Park.

Last Updated: 22/04/11 at 15:00   

Delph: Fit after a groin injury

Delph: Fit after a groin injury

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, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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