Aston Villa vs Preston North End
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 21st January 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Aston Villa will be relying on the home record to get back to winning ways after suffering defeats in their previous two league game. They lost 1-0 at Wolves last weekend and 2-0 to Cardiff in the previous one. While the two defeats have come at home, Villa are unbeaten at home in Championship matches this season.
Steve Bruce and his men are currently 13th in the league table with 35 points. They will be desperate for a win to get their promotion ambitions back on track. Currently, there is a 10 point gap between them and 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Preston North End are coming on the back of a priceless win at home against the title contenders Brighton. Paul Huntington and Callum Robinson scored in either halves in the 2-0 rout at the Deepdale stadium.
The Lilywhites are 9th in the standings and 6 points outside the promotion zone. They are coming on the back of some excellent form and are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 games.
Aston Villa vs Preston North End: Head-to-head stats
There has been only two meetings between Villa and Preston since 1974. The latest was in the Championship this season which was won 2-0 by Preston at the Deepdale stadium on October 2016. While Villa won 5-0 when the team met for the League Cup clash at Villa Park on December 2002.
Aston Villa vs Preston North End: Prediction
The Villains are a tough nut to crack while playing in front t of their home fans. They managed to stay unbeaten even when they were struggling during the reign of Roberto Di Matteo and have now become strong under Steve Bruce. They have won in 5 of their last 6 matches here and will be too hot to handle for Preston on Saturday evening.
Aston Villa vs Preston North End: Bet Tips
Villa to win at 8/7 (2.15)
Correct FT Score: Villa 2-1 Preston at 9/1 (10.00).