Our prediction for this Championship match:
Aston Villa were on the verge of beating Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium in midweek, but the Tykes eventually scored a late equaliser (1-1). The Villans failed to put an end to their eight-match winless run in the Championship and, no doubt, the situation at Villa Park is alarming ahead of the trip to Preston. The Lilywhites did well to beat Wigan Athletic at the weekend and it has to be noted that they produced a fine display in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City in midweek. Preston and Aston Villa are level on points ahead of Saturday’s football match and we predict that fans will see a close encounter at Deepdale Stadium. The Villans have been struggling in front of goal of late, meaning that a low-scoring clash appears on the cards. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in four of last five meetings between the two teams.
Highlighted Player (Chris Humphrey):
Chris Humphrey was born in Saint Catherine, Jamaica on 19 September, 1987. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a wing back as well, began his senior career at Shrewsbury Town and he made 74 league appearances for the club between 2006 and 2009.
The Jamaica international played four games for Stafford Rangers during his loan spell at Marston Road and in July, 2009 he signed a deal with Scottish Premier League team Motherwell. He made his Motherwell debut on 23 July, 2009 as he started in the Europa League qualifier against Flamurtari Vlore. After making 132 league appearances for the Scottish outfit, he joined Preston North End in June, 2013 and he extended his contract with the Championship team in June, 2015.
Humphrey was linked with selection for the Scotland national team, but he decided to play for Jamaica. He made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012 in a 1-0 loss to Panama.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.