The wait for the 2013-14 Premier League season is nearly over. The first matches of the new campaign kick off on Saturday and Aston Villa will be beginning their year with a clash against fellow mid-table stalwarts Stoke City.
The game against Stoke will give fans the first meaningful taste of what to expect from their team this season. While an opening-day win does not always foretell success—as last year's win against Arsenal shows—a good performance from Villa will be a big boost after a morose summer.
Win or lose, the match will give crucial insights into answering some of the burning questions that will define Villa's season over the months to come.
This article outlines 10 Aston Villa storylines that will dominate the headlines over the course of the 2013-14 Premier League season.