Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over star-studded Brighton, Preston take on Aston Villa on day 27 of the new Championship campaign. The Lilywhites impressed in the victory over the promotion-chasing team and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Birmingham. Preston defeated the likes of Bristol City and Burton Albion in previous two away games in the league and they aim to extend their winning run on the road. Aston Villa, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their previous three games in all competitions and it has to be noted that the team failed to find the net in those encounters. Nonetheless, seeing that only four points separate the two teams in the Premier League standings, a close encounter appears on the cards. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Villa Park.
Highlighted Player (Micah Richards):
Micah Richards is an English player who began his senior career at Manchester City. The pacey full back, who is capable of playing at centre back as well, made 179 league appearances for the Citizens between 2005 and 2015 and he scored 6 goals for the club. On 17 June, 2015 he signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, but he did not help the Villans avoid relegation to the Championship. The England defender scored one goal in 24 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in the 2015/2016 campaign. Micah won the Premier League trophy with Man City in the 2011/2012 season and he lifted the FA Cup trophy in 2011 with the Citizens as well. Richards has 14 caps for England U21 and he received his first ever England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands in November, 2006. Micah Richards was born in Birmngham on 24 June, 1988 and he started his youth career at Leeds United, playing as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Preston North End):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later. In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division). Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool. Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.