Stoke v Villa stats: Albrighton in focus ahead of Potters clash
Villa will be looking to get back to winning ways at the Britannia Stadium this Saturday and the fans will certainly have fond memories of this fixture last season.
The 3-1 win back in April was key to ensuring the club's top-flight status and will long be remembered for an outstanding volleyed effort from Matt Lowton.
The strike would prove to be one of the goals of the season and Paul Lambert has seen his side score a number of impressive efforts from distance in his time at the club - only Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have scored more since the start of last season (17).
Up against Mark Hughes' side this weekend the Scot will hope for more of the same as Villa look to improve on an excellent points haul on the road thus far (12) - only four sides have more.
Their form away from home to date has been prided on an impressive defensive record, with only Everton conceding fewer on their travels than Villa's 9.
Given that Stoke have scored just twice in the last four meetings between the two sides - and that they've failed to score in four of their last five matches - the visitors will be hopeful of improving that run.
With the Potters facing a tough match with Manchester United in midweek in equally tough conditions, Villa will want to exploit any potential hangover.
One man that was a real spark against the Red Devils despite the defeat was Marc Albrighton and his all-action style could be suited to a match against a fatigued opponent.
The winger made his first Barclays Premier League start of the season after he was recalled from a loan spell at Wigan by manager Lambert.
Clearly eager to impress, the 24-year old was the highest rated Villa player from WhoScored last time out, picking up an impressive 7.72.
The Villa graduate looked back to his best, completing three more accurate crosses from open play than any other team-mate in a game this season, with five representing the joint highest of any player in the league in the current campaign.
His three shots on target in the match is another statistic that hasn't been bettered by any Villa player, while his tally of five tackles has only been beaten by Karim El Ahmadi (twice) this season.
Against a side as imposing as Stoke, Albrighton's is the kind of work-rate that will need to be replicated across the pitch.
With his side deemed 'very strong' at 'coming back from losing position' according to WhoScored.com's statistically calculated characteristics, Lambert will expect the same level of commitment that his side have shown all season thus far.
Find yet more statistics on Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.
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