Match Preview: Aston Villa vs Preston North End – Bruce at risk against bottom side.

This Tuesday night tie has suddenly taking on both importance and interest as Villa look to arrest a worrying malaise in the league.

Steve Bruce, approaching his second anniversary as Villa boss now finds himself in a two game window after a dismal slump in form.  With the new owners watching ahead of the upcoming international break, the manager finds himself for the first time genuinely ‘at risk’.

After a thumping defeat at Sheffield United, a last gasp draw at Blackburn, Villa managed to overturn Rotherham at Villa Park.

However, a concerning defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday and a lacklustre away point at Bristol City have alarm bells ringing as a season marked for promotion looks far from assured.


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MATCH FACTS

  • Steve Bruce’s job is reportedly now ‘under threat’.
  • Villa lost to Sheffield Wednesday (2-1) last time out at Villa Park.
  • Villa drew with Bristol City (1-1) last Friday (Away).
  • Last two Villa/Preston games at VP have ended in draws.
  • Preston have conceded 3+ goals 5 times this season (all comps).
  • They’ve also lost 7 of last 9 in all competitions.
  • However, they’ve scored at least twice in 5 of 6 recent outings.
  • Preston have worst defensive record: 21 conceded in 10 games.
  • Villa currently sit 15th.
  • Preston currently sit 24th (Bottom).
  • Yannick Bolasie & Scott Hogan are now match fit.
  • Tammy Abraham is expected to feature, but remains a doubt.
  • Villa could rise as high as 5th with a victory, results permitting.

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