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The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Jordan Bowery concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant.
Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Jonathan Walters makes a clearance.
Chris Herd restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann.
Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.
Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Westwood challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Pennant.
Clearance by Chris Herd.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Leandro Bacuna coming on for Marc Albrighton.
Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.
Ashley Westwood takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
Clearance made by Erik Pieters.
Marc Albrighton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Geoff Cameron.
Free kick crossed by Marc Albrighton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Glenn Whelan.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd.
Ciaran Clark takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
Marc Albrighton makes a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant is brought on as a substitute for Oussama Assaidi.
Unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Charlie Adam results in a free kick.
Peter Crouch scores with a right foot finish. Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Herd on Charlie Adam.
Ashley Westwood fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick.
Jordan Bowery on for Aleksandar Tonev.
Clearance by Marc Wilson.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in.
Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.
Fabian Delph has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Foul by Erik Pieters on Marc Albrighton, free kick awarded.
The ball is sent over by Oussama Assaidi.
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam.
Chris Herd booked.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Fabian Delph results in a free kick.
Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.
Fabian Delph is booked.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Fabian Delph.
Peter Crouch fouled by Chris Herd, the ref awards a free kick.
Libor Kozak concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross.
Foul by Fabian Delph on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Tonev.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Libor Kozak.
Jonathan Walters is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lowton on Oussama Assaidi.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Charlie Adam scores a left footed goal. Stoke 1-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters.
Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Libor Kozak challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andreas Weimann.
The second half begins.
It is the end of the first-half.
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Charlie Adam coming on for Marko Arnautovic.
Nathan Baker fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Oussama Assaidi.
Shot by Peter Crouch. Marko Arnautovic takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.
Shot by Peter Crouch went over the bar.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Oussama Assaidi.
Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Erik Pieters challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Nathan Baker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch.
Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Peter Crouch results in a free kick.
Ashley Westwood fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Marko Arnautovic gets a block in.
Marc Wilson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann.
Ciaran Clark crosses the ball.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.
The ball is sent over by Erik Pieters.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Erik Pieters by Marc Albrighton.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Ciaran Clark.
Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters challenges Ciaran Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Aleksandar Tonev has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic catches the ball.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Matthew Lowton challenges Erik Pieters unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Nathan Baker has a headed effort at goal. Asmir Begovic catches the ball.
Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch.
Oussama Assaidi sends in a cross.
Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
Marko Arnautovic produces a cross.
Marko Arnautovic has an effort at goal.
Clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton.
The referee gets the game underway.
Hughes waits on Shawcross
Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes captain Ryan Shawcross will be fit to face Aston Villa in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.
The defender suffered a groin problem in Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United and will be given a late fitness test.
Shawcross' absence would be a major blow given his centre-back partner Robert Huth (knee) is still out, while strikers Peter Crouch (groin) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) are also doubts.
Stoke have picked up five points from three games since a 4-0 thrashing by Everton and are unbeaten at home in the league since September.
"It's an important game for us," said Hughes.
"We were disappointed in midweek to go out of the League Cup obviously but there's games one after the other and we've got an opportunity to get over the disappointment.
"We want to keep our decent run going in the Premier League and keep our home form going."
Villa will be without forward Gabriel Agbonlahor but have midfielder Fabian Delph back available.
Agbonlahor is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, but Delph is set to feature having now completed the ban he was serving for the same reason.
Gary Gardner has returned to first-team involvement having recovered from a back complaint and fellow midfielder Chris Herd should be fit to play after a facial injury, but captain and defender Ron Vlaar (calf) is still a major doubt, while it remains to be seen whether or not striker Christian Benteke - now without a goal in his last 10 Villa appearances - keeps his place in the first XI.
Manager Paul Lambert expects taking on Stoke at the Britannia to be just as tough an assignment as it was when Tony Pulis was in charge of the hosts.
Being hard to beat at their own ground was a key feature of the Potters under the management of Pulis, who guided them to relatively comfortable finishes around mid-table in the Premier League every season after overseeing their promotion to the division in 2008.
He was succeeded over the summer by his fellow Welshman Hughes and there have been signs this term of the Staffordshire outfit playing in a more flowing, passing style than they did under their previous manager.
But while there might be change on that front, results would suggest Stoke - currently 13th - remain as difficult to defeat on their own turf as ever, having lost only one of their eight home league games so far in 2013/14.
Lambert said: "I don't think it'll be any different from what it was up there last year.
"Mark took over from a really successful manager in Tony and he's added one or two of his own type.
"But no matter what type of football Stoke are playing, it's a tough place to go."
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