Villa didn’t get the win they would have wanted against local rivals Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, but they picked up a point that could prove to be extremely valuable come the end of the season.

This draw now means that they have only been defeated once in their last 11 matches, picking up solid 23 points along the way.

As we all know, games come thick and fast in the Championship, and Villa have the opportunity to cement their place in the top six when they travel to Deepdale to face Preston on Wednesday evening.

Preston currently sit 9th in the table, 5 points behind Villa, and after having only picked up 2 points from their last 4 matches, they will be desperate to pick up a win against Villa in order to keep their own hopes of a play-off position alive.

Here’s our predicted Villa XI for Wednesday’s match against Preston at Deepdale:

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