Aston Villa will be desperate to climb into the play-offs in the current campaign, after dealing with the heartbreak of last season’s final at Wembley Stadium.
The Villains haven’t been able ensure consistency right the way through this season, so improvements are definitely required with the January transfer window almost here.
Although, Aston Villa will need to turn their attention today’s crucial Championship fixture, with a trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End on the cards. The Lilywhites have been rather inconsistent of late, so they’ll be looking to make the most of their home advantage.
Nevertheless, Dean Smith can launch Aston Villa into play-off contention if this PAIR get the nod…
Alan Hutton has been one of the unsung heroes this season in attacking and defensive areas, securing the EFL Goal of the Month award recently, along with putting in a number of shot-saving tackles.
The Scotsman seems to be getting better with age having established himself as one of the best full-backs in the Championship, so he will play a huge part against a very attacking Preston side.
Jonathan Kodjia will be desperate to secure a regular starting place under Dean Smith from here on in, but the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi have been rather impressive in recent times.
The French-born attacker was influential against Stoke City after being brought on as a substitute a couple of weeks ago, scoring the equalizing goal towards the end of the match.
Indeed, his pace and power could cause real problems out in Lancashire, as the home side have struggled to keep clean sheets throughout this season.
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