Last Updated at 8:19 pm, April 9th 2012
FULL TIME: It ends all-square for the third game in a row between these sides. Andreas Weimann opened the scoring for Villa with a wonderful curler from the edge of the area but Stoke came back in the second half and equalised through Robert Huth's header. Villa move seven points clear of the bottom three while Stoke move onto 42pts and stay in 12th spot.
Kieran Tweets: "Villa have the record for the most draws in the Premier League since it began."
SUBSTITUTION: Emile Heskey replaces the injured Herd.
Gumdarlo Tweets: "How many points have villa lost from wining positions this season?" So many my friend and they concede from yet another set-piece too!
SUBSTITUTION: Ricardo Fuller replaces Rory Delap with ten minutes to go now.
Rich Tweets: "Why is Villa's current mentality to go 1 up, try to hold a slender lead and let teams come at us full force? 1-1 inevitable."
SUBSTITUTION: Charles N'Zogbia replaces Barry Bannan for Villa.
YELLOW CARD: Villa defender James Collins is booked for his protests.
GOAL: Aston Villa 1 Stoke 1 (Robert Huth 71).
Brian emails me to say: "Trouble with Villa we can't kill sides off after taking the lead. Looking forward to seeing Weimann goal. Not going to tempt fate about the final score but keep up the fight Villa."
Kevin Tweets: "Mr Lerner has wanted to see the youth shine.......and Andreas rewards him!!!"
SUBSTITUTIONS: Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant replace Kenwyne Jones and Matthew Etherington in a double change for Stoke.
SUBSTITUTION: 19-year-old Gary Gardner replaces the injured Warnock.
Daniel emails me to say: "Stoke needs to keep up the pressure and they may come out with a point or three. Im going for a 1-2 win for stoke with my fellow countryman Jones getting on the scoresheet."
Rich Tweets: "Surely you would think there'd be enough fire from the Villa to see this win through to distance us from relegation?"
Aston Villa are now 1/3 to claim victory with SKY BET, who make Stoke 10/1 and the draw 3/1. My pre-match prediction of 1-1, which was 5/1 is now 7/2. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.
HALF TIME: Aston Villa lead at the break thanks to Andreas Weimann's wonder strike. The Austrian scored his second goal for the club on just his second start. He collected Stephen Ireland's pass before unleashing a stunning right-foot curler past Asmir Begovic. Jonathan Walters' dipping header was the closest Stoke came to equalising.
Chris is back in touch and he Tweets: "What great timing! I wonder if this will work. Villa won't go 2 nil up in a million years."
YELLOW CARD: Eric Lichaj is booked for dragging Rory Delap to the ground.
GOAL: Aston Villa 1 (Andreas Weimann 32) Stoke 0.
Chris Tweets: "Unfortunately this game has nil-nil written all over it. UTV!" Co'mon Chris, it hasn't been that bad so far. Stay with me!
Sam from Faro in Portugal says: "I believe that if villa win today, we should stay up. 2-1 for Villa with Gabby and Ireland with the goals UTV!"
Short Jeff emails me to say: "My brother had £10 on Villa to go down pre-season at 18-1 and he still reckons they will - typical Villa fan always optimistic! It is hard to see where they will get goals from, and the point at Anfield was hardly deserved. If they had lost 4-1 no-one could complain. And Man United next up. Big brother is counting the tenners already."
Tom Tweets me to say: "A win today and the game in hand against Bolton and we're safe."
Edd writes in from Durban, South Africa to say: "I see Tony Pulis has shuffled the team a bit. I'm going for a draw 1-1 with Walters scoring. He's due a goal and I think he'll get it today."
YELLOW CARD: Stephen Warnock is booked for a late challenge on Ryan Shotton. Referee Mike Dean was very quick to take his card out!
Alex emails me to say: "I can see this being a tricky game for both sides. Stoke don't have much to play for but Villa will still be looking over their shoulder. I think Stoke will come out on top though with a 2-0 victory, Crouch and Etherington to score!"
Aston Villa are 6/5 to claim victory with SKY BET, who make Stoke 9/4 and the draw 23/10. Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor is favourite to bag the first goal at 11/2 while Andreas Weimann is 6/1. Stephen Ireland is a good outside bet at 10/1 while Chris Herd, who scored against Liverpool on Saturday is 22/1. Meanwhile, the Potters' Jon Walters is 8/1 for the visitors. Matthew Etherington is 33/1 to bag a brace. Robert Huth, who scored at home to Wolves is a 16/1 shot to score first. I'm going for a pre-match prediction of 1-1, which is 5/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.
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