Aston Villa v Burnley: match preview

Aston Villa face Burnley with a new lease of life with Steven Gerrard in the dugout. The sample size is still small but four wins out of six compared to five defeats in succession before his arrival is undeniably outstanding and has led to Villa moving up to 10th. Phasing out Danny Ings, the usual injury problems making that decision easier, for last season’s driving force Ollie Watkins appears to be working well. Sean Dyche will naturally be concerned by their uptick in form but he can count on his stalwarts to block and batter the opposition. Dyche’s biggest problem is focal attacking point Maxwel Cornet looking likely to miss another game through injury. No Cornet signals little threat and a chance for the Gerrard regeneration to gain further momentum. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 0 Burnley 0

Referee Andrew Madley

This season G8 Y14 R2 2.25 cards/game

Odds H 3-4 A 4-1 D 3-1

ASTON VILLA
Subs from Archer, Hause, Bogarde, Tuanzebe, Ings, Young, Marshall, Philogene-Bidace, Trezeguet, Iroegbunam

Doubtful None

Injured Traoré (hamstring, Jan), Bailey (hamstring, unknown), Nakamba (knee, unknown), Sanson (Covid-19), Steer (Covid-19), El Ghazi (Covid-19)

Suspended None

Discipline Y35 R1

Form WWLWLW

Leading scorer Watkins 5

BURNLEY
Subs from Hennessey, Norris, Pieters, Bardsley, Thomas, Lennon, Long, Rodriguez, Cork, Collins, Vydra

Doubtful Cornet (hamstring)

Injured Barnes (hamstring, unknown), Roberts (illness, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y34 R0

Form WDDDLD

Leading scorer Cornet 5