Aston Villa v West Brom
Aston Villa: 14th
Aston Villa: LLDWL
Aston Villa: 6/4
Aston Villa: Ireland (wrist), Gardner (ACL), Dunne (groin)
WBA: Ridgewell (calf/shin), Morrison (hamstring), Popov (groin), Reid (hamstring), Thomas (knee)
After an encouraging win over Swansea the week before, Aston Villa fans could have been forgiven for thinking a corner had been turned in their club's form.
And after an early goal last week at Southampton courtesy of Darren Bent's first of the season things were certainly looking up. But the Villa of old made an unwelcoming appearance as four second-half goals saw Southampton cruise to a 4-1 win leaving Villa with just one win in their last 15 Premier League games.
Of the Premier League clubs, Villa has the worst record in 2012 with a single win this year. But fans will turn up for the derby in a buoyant mood after watching a thrilling midweek 4-2 win over Man City in the Capital One Cup.
Encouragingly, Villa's strikers may be finally finding some form as Gabby Agbonlahor's brace on Wednesday were his first goals for the club since the FA Cup in January.
West Brom have been one of the surprise packages so far this season, Steve Clarke's men still find themselves in a Champions League spot.
Romelu Lukaku is looking more and more like one of the signings of the season after he bagged the winner on his full debut last week and looked a handful in the 2-1 League Cup loss to Liverpool midweek.
West Brom are unbeaten at home from three league matches but have yet to win away this season in two outings.
Walters (leg), Ness (groin)
Stoke City are still looking for their first victory of the season, their longest start without a win since 1989. They have not won in the league since victory over Wolves in April.
The Potters were unlucky to lose last Saturday, falling 1-0 to Chelsea.
The Potters have been stout defensively at Britannia, keeping Arsenal off the scoresheet and holding reigning champions Manchester City to a 1-1 draw.
Stoke and Swansea have both committed the most fouls in the league with 71.