By Will Butcher

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia believes that his side’s next three points will prove pivotal after a poor start to the season.

The 39-year-old chairman has had to endure a Villa side that have struggled to hold onto a lead late on, winning just once in 11 league and cup encounters this season as they travel to Preston on Saturday.

But Xia, who bought the club form Randy Lerner earlier this year, revealed on his personal Twitter account that one win is needed to change the club’s fortunes.

Pressure is continuing to mount on the shoulders of manager Roberto Di Matteo after spending almost £60million of Xia’s money on the likes of Championship stars Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and former West Brom defender James Chester.

A win against fellow Championship strugglers Preston on Saturday could be the turning point that Xia sees as changing the Midlands giants’ fortunes around.

Three points could push the former Premier League outfit up to 13th if results go their way, but a loss could see them slide even closer to the Championship trap door as they sit just two points above 22nd placed Blackburn.

Twitter friendly Xia took over the club back in May for a reported £76million from controversial former American owner Lerner, and has set his sights on an instant return to the Premier League.

In other Aston Villa news, this is the best possible side to face Simon Grayson’s Preston on Saturday.