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Aston Villa vs Burnley Prediction & Match Preview


Aston Villa vs Burnley Prediction & Match Preview

Aston Villa vs Burnley
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park.

Both these sides are coming off the back of 0-1 victories away from home as they lock horns here at Villa Park. 

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa were awarded a last-minute penalty, which they converted to beat Wolves in a bad-tempered affair that saw both teams reduced to ten-men. 

Burnley meanwhile, defended solidly and had goalkeeper Nick Pope to thank for a number of excellent saves as they secured a famous 0-1 triumph over ten-man Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. 

Villa come into this match without two key players in right-back Matty Cash and central midfielder Douglas Luiz due to suspension, which could turn out to be costly for them considering their performances so far this season. 

Burnley’s line-up is far more settled and they are expected to approach this match in a similar fashion to the Arsenal game, soaking up pressure and using any set pieces to their advantage. 

Taking into account the hosts’ injury and suspension concerns, the Clarets double chance may prove the smart play here.

Aston Villa vs Burnley: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Aston Villa Burnley played so far 9 matches.
Aston Villa won 4 direct matches. Burnley won 2 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Aston Villa vs Burnley: Prediction

Aston Villa in actual season average scored 2.00 goals per match. In 4 (57.14%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (57.14%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Burnley average scored 0.60 goals per match in season 2020. In 4 (50.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (37.50%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Villa will be without Douglas Luiz after the Brazilian midfielder was dismissed during the latter stages against Wolves.

With Matty Cash also serving a one-match suspension, Ahmed Elmohamady and Conor Hourihane are expected to come into the starting lineup.

Anwar El Ghazi may get the nod over Bertrand Traore, but Marvelous Nakamba could remain among the replacements after Jacob Ramsey impressed on his first league start.

Dyche is not expected to make any alterations to his Burnley side after their victory over Arsenal.

If a change is made to a winning team, it will likely involve Ashley Barnes getting the nod over Jay Rodriguez.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Hourihane, Ramsey; El Ghazi, Watkins, Grealish

Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood