COMMENT By Amir Mir
Ross McCormack should return to the Aston Villa starting line-up, after he was an unused substitute during the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Villa travel to Deepdale on Saturday afternoon to take on Preston, after conceding a 90th minute equaliser against the Tykes in midweek.
Roberto Di Matteo needs to make five changes to his Villa side, as he urgently needs to pick up his second win of the Championship season.
Alan Hutton, Nathan Baker, Jordan Amavi, McCormack and Rudy Gestede should come into the starting fold.
Leandro Bacuna, who is suspended should make way, alongside James Chester, Aly Cissokho, Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia.
Villa need to freshen up their attacking line, with the Midlands side only scoring three goals in their last four games.
Gestede, who is the club’s top scorer this campaign with three goals should lead the line, with the ever-dangerous McCormack in behind the Benin forward.
Additionally, Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew should be occupied on the wings, with the latter scoring his first league goal of the campaign during his sides previous encounter.
The Villans must freshen up their defence with experienced right-back Hutton replacing the suspended Bacuna, Baker coming in for Chester and Amavi replacing Cissokho at left-back.
Midfield duo Mile Jedinak and Aaron Tshibola should continue their partnership, as they complement each others style in the middle of the park.
In other Aston Villa team news, Paul McGrath has this urgent message for owner Tony Xia.