Stoke v Villa team news: Five changes for Lambert's Lions
Villa have made five changes for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke.
Libor Kozak, Chris Herd, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann and Aleksandar Tonev have all been recalled to the starting line-up.
The players to drop out from last weekend's defeat to Manchester United are Christian Benteke, Antonio Luna, Karim El Ahmadi, Yacouba Sylla and the suspended Gabby Agbonlahor.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been handed the captain's armband for the first time in his Villa career.
STOKE: Begovic, Pieters, Whelan, Arnautovic, Wilson, N'Zonzi, Shawcross, Walters, Cameron, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacious, Jones, Adam, Wilkinson.
VILLA: Guzan (c), Lowton, Clark, Baker, Herd, Westwood, Albrighton, Weimann, Delph, Tonev, Kozak. Subs: Steer, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Luna, Bowery, Sylla.
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