By Amir Mir

Alan Hutton could be in line to make his first start of the season when Aston Villa take on Preston on Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Di Matteo could make three changes for the trip to Deepdale amid reports that the Italian could be axed if he fails to pick up a win.

Midfielder Mile Jedinak, winger Albert Adomah and right-back Leandro Bacuna are likely to make way, with Ashley Westwood, Ross McCormack and veteran Hutton, 31, coming into the starting fold.

Bacuna is suspended for the Preston trip, so Hutton might be in line to replace the Dutchman at right-back, with Ritchie De Laet ruled out for the rest of the season.

Despite conceding late goals in five out of ten league games this term, centre-back pairing Tommy Elphick and James Chester could start.

Additionally, Di Matteo might freshen up his midfield with Westwood replacing Jedinak in the middle of the park.

Villa have only scored three goals in their last four league games, so McCormack could return to the starting XI, with Gestede, who has scored three goals this season possibly leading the attacking line.

Ayew, who scored his first league goal of the season during the previous game could start on the left, with Jack Grealish in the frame to start on the other flank.

Di Matteo’s side have not registered a win since August, when the Villans beat Rotherham 3-0 and have picked up a league high of seven draws, as they sit 17th in the table with ten points.

In contrast Simon Grayson’s Preston are 19th with the same number of points, but have recorded six losses this campaign to Villa’s two.

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