• Despite winning just once on the opening weekend in the Barclays Premier League (D2 L3), Stoke are unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium on the opening day (W1 D1).
  • Last season's 3-1 win over Arsenal was Paul Lambert's first victory on the opening weekend of a Premier League season.
  • Peter Crouch scored a goal and assisted a goal in both of Stoke's victories over Aston Villa last season.
  • Only against Blackburn (8) and Arsenal (7) has Crouch scored more Premier League goals than he has against his former team (5).
  • Only Aston Villa (491) committed more fouls than Stoke City (486) in the 2013-14 Premier League.
  • Stoke have never recorded a positive goal difference in the Premier League. Overall the Potters have scored 233 goals in 228 Premier League matches.
  • Since August 2011, Villa have recorded fewer points (117 in 114 games) than any other ever-present side in that period.
  • Stoke summer signing Steve Sidwell scored seven Premier League goals (for Fulham) in 2013-14, as many as he managed in the previous four campaigns combined.
  • Villa signing Joe Cole has not assisted a Premier League goal since October 2010.
  • Villa conceded four goals in four of their last nine Premier League games in 2013-14.