The England striker completed his move from Sunderland in midweek in a deal which could eventually be worth up to £24million.
Goal machine: Bent (right) will hope to fire Villa away from relegation trouble
Winger Ashley Young is available after missing the derby with Birmingham through suspension, but striker Emile Heskey will serve the final game of a three-match ban for his sending-off against Sunderland.
Defender Luke Young (hip) and midfielder Stephen Ireland (knee) remain on the injury list.
Provisional squad: Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young, Downing, Bannan, Hogg, Bent, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Marshall, Pires, Herd, Baker.
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