Despite the calamity that crowned the West Midlands derby between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion (see more here), Villa - as they have been for a while now - are riding a high. Good football, happy fans, optimism in the boardroom; there’s certainly a lot to like about the Aston Villa of late 2018.
However, they will face a stern test as Gary Rowett and his Stoke visit Villa Park with a decent away pedigree and with the fortitude that comes with an eight-game unbeaten run.
It’ll be tough for Villa, but these days, there’s no obstacle too big to break down.
Or so we hope.
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We’re here. Kick-off commences soon, and you can find out how to watch Villa vs Stoke below.
TV & Streaming
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 15.00UK, 10.00 Eastern, 7.00 Pacific
Weather: 6c in Aston, and it is wet and windy.
Open Match Thread: Join in the comments below! Predictions welcome.
Available TV: Nope
Available video streaming: AVTV for international viewers.
Other listings are available from livesoccertv.com.
Available radio: TalkSport 2, BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).
Injuries & Suspensions
Aston Villa won’t see Keinan Davis. Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah may miss out with injury worries. Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury and James Bree will also be unavailable.
Aston Villa squad
Stoke City Squad
The teams are in, City make one change for today's game with @AVFCOfficial.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 15, 2018
⬅️ Benik Afobe@TyeKaiCampbell and @tom__edwardss make the bench at Villa Park.#SCFC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RtRlOjWpJW