By Will Butcher

Former Aston Villa star Ian Taylor has claimed that Saturday’s match against Championship side Preston must result in three points.

Villa have made a dismal start to the Championship season, with just one win in 11 league and cup encounters as they sit in 17th position with 10 points from as many games.

Taylor, who also played for Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday throughout his career, posted a message on his personal Twitter account stating that Villa “need a win.”

Champions League winning manager Di Matteo has failed to turn around the club’s fortunes so far after last season’s relegation.

Despite £60million of owner Tony Xia’s money being splashed out on new talent this summer on the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester join the club, Villa have failed to conjure up any kind of form.

The Italian manager has seen the Midlands giants drop nine points to goals coming after the 85th minute against the likes of Nottingham Forest, Brentford and most recently Barnsley.

Without the concession of these goals, Villa would have won five games this season and be sitting in a much more healthy fourth place.

However, their poor form continues and Di Matteo’s side sit in 17th place in the Championship table with seven draws from 10 domestic encounters.

A win for Villa against Simon Grayson’s Preston on Saturday could see them climb as high as 13th place if results go their way.

In other Aston Villa news, owner Xia has posted this cryptic message on his Twitter account.