David Prutton predicts Aston Villa v Huddersfield, identifies two strongest areas
By Will Butcher
David Prutton believes Aston Villa’s mini revival is set to come to an end as they travel to Yorkshire to face Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Villa have won their last three matches against Derby, Bristol City and Rotherham, after a run of 10 matches that saw them fail to win once under manager Steve Bruce.
However, Prutton believes Villa’s change in fortunes is set to end, as they face David Wagner’s in-form Terriers who continue to defy pre-season expectations to sit in a lofty third place.
Former Championship midfielder Prutton has predicted a 2-1 home win and believes Huddersfield possess too much “pace and creativity for Villa”.
“I fancy them (Huddersfield) to have too much pace and creativity for Villa,” Prutton said, on Sky Sports‘ website.
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“Villa will have a totally different proposition than they faced against Rotherham on Saturday.”
Steve Bruce’s side are currently suffering an injury crisis, with nine first-team players currently on the physio’s treatment table.
The likes of Scott Hogan, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Gary Gardner are all sidelined, while Birkir Bjarnason and Jack Grealish picked up injuries during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Rotherham.
Likely to field a patched-up starting eleven, Bruce will be hoping his side can take advantage of Huddersfield’s last two results which has seen them lose to Manchester City and Newcastle.
Villa secured a point against the Terriers in the reverse fixture earlier in the season at Villa Park, and could be willing to take a similar result up north.
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