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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(66) 38 Goals 62 (81)
(45) 31 Assists 35 (59)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
26.3 Average Age 28.4
182.8 Average Height (cm) 183.5
(1) 0.9 Shots pg 1.2 (1)
(49%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 48% (51%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.7)
(1.1) 1 Tackles pg 1 (1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Championship.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Billy Bodin Out N/A
Josh Harrop Out 6.42
Sean Maguire Out 6.63
Callum Robinson Out 7.09
Ben Davies Out 7.01
Ben Pearson Out 6.75
Player Reason Status Rating
Axel Tuanzebe Out 6.75
Henri Lansbury Out 6.26
Jack Grealish Out 7.44
Mile Jedinak Out 7.04
Neil Taylor Out 6.65

Team News

  • Defender Ben Davies was withdrawn in the first-half with an injury against Hull and will be replaced by Jordan Storey here as Aston Villa visit Deepdale.
  • Elsewhere, Alex Neil could hand starts to Darnell Fisher and Ryan Ledson as he looks for a response to midweek's 2-1 home defeat to Hull.
  • Albert Adomah came off the bench to make his long-awaited return from injury on Wednesday and could be handed a start here as Dean Smith looks to keep legs fresh.
  • Elsewhere, Jonathan Kodjia will likely be brought in for Anwar El Ghazi on the wing, while Birkir Bjarnason could swap with Glenn Whelan as the holding midfielder.
  • Aston Villa have recalled Tommy Elphick from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers and he will be available to play on New Year's Day.


  • Preston are stagnating in lower mid-table at the moment and consecutive defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Hull represent steps backwards for Alex Neil's side.
  • With Derby and Middlesbrough both slipping up on the weekend, a victory for Aston Villa away at the Liberty Stadium has blown the play-off battle even further open, with the Villans now just three points off the top six.
  • After two lacklustre performances, Preston will need to step up their game here against Villa and building around midfielder Alan Browne, who has eight goals in 11 games at Deepdale, could be the key.
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