Aston Villa v Fulham preview
Last Updated: 20/10/17 7:25pm
Aston Villa must once again do without Neil Taylor in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham. The Wales defender will serve the second of his three-match ban for a red card in Villa's 1-0 win over Bolton on September 30.
Gabby Agbonlahor, Mile Jedinak and Andre Green are all still working their way back to fitness. Midfielder Jedinak appears the closest to a return, while Green could have the slimmest chance of the three of featuring on Saturday.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney could be back in the starting line-up at Villa Park. The Scotland midfielder had been sidelined for almost two months with a knee injury but returned as a substitute against Preston last weekend.
On-loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo is recovering from a dislocated shoulder which will sideline him for eight weeks. Left-back Rafa Soares has recovered from an ankle problem and is pushing to make his debut following his summer switch from Porto.
Aston Villa have only lost one of their last 16 home league games against Fulham (W8 D7), a 2-1 defeat in the Premier League in April 2014.
The Cottagers have won four of their last six league matches against the Villans (D1 L1), as many as they'd won in the 24 prior to this run.
Aston Villa have lost just one of their last 14 league games at Villa Park (W9 D4), with a current unbeaten run of eight (W4 D4).
Fulham have scored a goal in the 85th minute or later in each of their last four Championship games including Denis Odoi's equaliser against Preston last time out.
Scott Hogan has had a hand in three goals in three Championship appearances against Fulham (two goals, one assist).
Stefan Johansen has created 31 chances for his Fulham teammates this season - more than any other midfielder in the league. Although, only one of these has ended in an assist.
Aston Villa were pretty comprehensively beaten by Wolves last weekend and Steve Bruce will want a reaction back at Villa Park on Saturday.
Fulham will be a tough proposition, however, and although Villa will want to prove they can beat the better teams in the Championship, I think Slavisa Jokanovic's side will be good for a draw.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)