By Amir Mir

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has surprisingly predicted Preston North End to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The prediction will come as a surprise because Villa have not lost a Championship game on home soil this season.

They drew their last encounter at Villa Park when Jonathan Kodjia’s penalty cancelled out Pontus Jansson’s headed goal for promotion hopefuls Leeds.

Now, Steve Bruce’s side are without star man Kodjia, who is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

As a result, the club have lost their last three matches in all competitions, failing to find the back of the net.

Ahead of the match against Simon Grayson’s side, former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton had his say on the weekend encounter.

“They have already beaten Villa this season so they certainly understand who they are coming up against,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column.

“Rudy Gestede has left Villa and Jonathan Kodjia has gone to the Africa Cup of Nations, changing the focal point of their attack and they now have no wins in four. It’s a tough one for Villa and I fancy Preston to go there and do a number on them.”

Grayson’s side beat Villa during their reverse fixture which saw the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

Promotion expert Bruce was drafted into the Villa Park dugout and the former Premier League boss led the club to a small revival.

However, since then they have failed to win their last three league matches and are now ten points adrift of the play-offs places.

They have new midfield signing, Henri Lansbury to choose from after he made a switch from Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday afternoon.

Grayson’s side are four points ahead of Villa in the table, but the likes of Newcastle, Huddersfield and Leeds have failed to pick up points in the Midlands this term.

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