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The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Asmir Begovic safely holds on.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton.
Clearance by Marc Wilson.
Leandro Bacuna shoots direct from the free kick and clears the bar.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Grant Holt, free kick awarded.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross.
Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Yacouba Sylla.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross.
Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Nathan Baker.
Shot from the free kick by Marko Arnautovic went wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on Steven Nzonzi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leandro Bacuna on Peter Odemwingie.
Free kick crossed by Marc Albrighton.
Foul by Marko Arnautovic on Yacouba Sylla, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Peter Odemwingie.
Ryan Bertrand sends in a cross.
Marc Muniesa is brought on as a substitute for Erik Pieters.
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Leandro Bacuna.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Erik Pieters.
Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch.
Grant Holt on for Ashley Westwood.
Marc Albrighton is given a yellow card.
Wilson Palacios fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Ron Vlaar, free kick awarded.
Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner worked by Marc Albrighton.
Marc Albrighton is ruled offside.
Ryan Bertrand delivers the ball.
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
Wilson Palacios restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch fouled by Nathan Baker, the ref awards a free kick.
Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Yacouba Sylla results in a free kick.
Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Leandro Bacuna on Erik Pieters, free kick awarded.
Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick.
Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Erik Pieters.
Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Steven Nzonzi.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Leandro Bacuna.
The ball is sent over by Geoff Cameron.
Leandro Bacuna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marko Arnautovic.
The second half has started.
The referee blows for half time.
Clearance made by Erik Pieters.
Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
Clearance by Geoff Cameron.
Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Ryan Bertrand on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded.
Steven Nzonzi scores with a right foot finish. Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke.
Headed chance falls to Christian Benteke.
Marko Arnautovic takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Ashley Westwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Ryan Bertrand.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Glenn Whelan.
Yacouba Sylla challenges Erik Pieters unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Marc Albrighton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karim El Ahmadi.
Andreas Weimann leaves the field to be replaced by Yacouba Sylla.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
Shot by Ashley Westwood. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Peter Odemwingie.
Leandro Bacuna takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Marko Arnautovic.
Peter Crouch scores with their right foot. Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Erik Pieters.
Header at goal by Nathan Baker goes right of the post.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Christian Benteke.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.
Shot by Christian Benteke. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand.
Shot by Andreas Weimann went wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marko Arnautovic.
Nathan Baker challenges Asmir Begovic unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
The ball is sent over by Fabian Delph.
Peter Crouch fouled by Karim El Ahmadi, the ref awards a free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Geoff Cameron.
Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke.Fabian Delph provided the assist for the goal.
Glenn Whelan challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The game kicks-off.
Lambert backs Delph for England
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes Fabian Delph should be considered for what would be a shock call-up to England's World Cup squad.
Almost five years after Delph's B#6.5million move from Leeds, Villa fans are finally seeing what all the fuss was about back in 2009 when the 24-year-old was signed by Martin O'Neill.
Injuries over the years have not helped Delph's cause, although a lack of consistency has primarily been his downfall - until this season.
The midfielder has been in superb form, scoring four goals, including the winner in Saturday's sensational 1-0 victory over Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Whilst it is highly unlikely Delph will get a late nod from Roy Hodgson, Lambert believes he would be an asset if a punt was taken.
"If England did call him in or give him a chance he wouldn't let anybody down, but that's up to the England manager to assess," said Lambert.
"I always think there's one surprise in there somewhere (with regard to the World Cup squad). Whether it's Fabian or someone else, I don't know.
"At the minute he's playing really well for us, which is my main concern."
After the win over Chelsea, Villa's next challenge is against Stoke on Sunday, with the club aiming to win three successive home league matches for the first time in seven years.
Given Villa's earlier wretched home form throughout Lambert's time in charge and Stoke's horrific away record of one win in 15 games on the road this season, for once Villa will start a game as favourites in front of their own fans.
Lambert knows with that comes a certain expectation as he said: "It's a totally different game now from Chelsea.
"Everybody will think we'll beat Stoke, but this league is so tough, with every game hard no matter whether it's home or away.
"If we're not at it, it's going to be a hard game, and if we fall below our level then we could be in trouble so we have to maintain our standards if we are to win this game."
Left-back Ryan Bertrand is available again after being ineligible for the game against Chelsea, whilst midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is fit after collecting a shin injury in that clash following a shocking tackle from Ramires that led to him being given a straight red card.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is disappointed Stephen Ireland cannot face his old club on Sunday but was not surprised Aston Villa were keen to ensure that would be the case when they let the midfielder join the Potters in January.
Ireland switched to the Staffordshire outfit from Villa on a season-long loan deal in September which was then made permanent in the winter transfer window.
He struggled to make an impact during his spell with Villa but has put in some eye-catching displays for Stoke, not least last Saturday when he had a hand in each of his side's goals as they beat West Ham 3-1.
And regarding the contractual clause that will prevent the 27-year-old from trying to build upon that performance when the Potters visit Villa Park for Sunday's Barclays Premier League contest, Hughes said: "It is one of those things.
"Aston Villa stipulated that they weren't going to allow the loan deal to be changed unless it was in the contract that Stephen couldn't play against them.
"We had to respect that, or we wouldn't have got the deal done.
"It is a shame for us because Stephen was excellent last weekend against West Ham.
"But I think it shows Aston Villa understand what a good player we have got. So you can understand it from their point of view - they don't particularly want to help us."
Winger Oussama Assaidi, on loan with Stoke from Liverpool, has been working his way back to fitness after a knee injury and will be checked ahead of Sunday's match along with defender Erik Pieters, who limped off in the West Ham game having taken a knock to the leg.
Robert Huth (knee) is out for the rest of the season and both Charlie Adam and Jon Walters remain suspended.
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