Burnley (A) Match Preview
Villa, fresh from the win on Saturday night will look to try and get their first victory away from home in 2021 when they visit Turf Moor of Burnley.
Turf Moor is always a tough place to go for any team especially when you are playing a Burnley side boyed by winining their last two in all comps (Including a win at Anfield) but Villa will also be on the up after a comfortable 2-0 win over struggling Newcastle at the weekend.
Burnley's Charlie Taylor suffered a minor setback against Liverpool on his return from a hamstring injury and he is a fitness doubt for Wednesday.
Robbie Brady, Josh Brownhill and Ashley Barnes will also be assessed but are expected to be involved.
Midfielder John McGinn is available after suspension, while Dean Smith returns to the dugout after serving a touchline ban.
Kortney Hause remains out with a foot injury.
The last time these two sides met was at Villa Park, where somehow the game ended 0-0. Villa had 27 shots in that game, with only 7 on target!
This time round will be different, Villa will look to attack Burnley from the off, but cautiously. They must be aware of the counter-attacking threat of Sean Dyche's' men. Full-backs Matty Cash and Matty Targett will be really important in this game, as they were against Newcastle. Targett recorded 50 touches in the first-half alone, Villa always play the ball out to the Full-backs as they have immense crossing ability, this was proven by Targett's assist on Saturday night.
Ollie Watkins found his shooting boots again, he scored a header against Newcastle to put Villa one goal to the good! This lead was doubled by Bertrand Traore's perfect finish into the top corner.
Ashley Barnes, converted a penalty late into their game against Liverpool. Not just the goal but Burnley defended superbly.
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Burnley have been in decent form of late and were a bit unlucky to lose to Manchester United at home albeit we didn't offer too much going forward. It was a similar pattern vs Liverpool. However, in what seems like typical Burnley fashion we managed to come away from Anfield having beaten the defending Premier League Champions 0-1 and ending their near four-year unbeaten run at home. Indeed, we are the first team to come away from Anfield with a win and a clean sheet in over five years.
Whilst we seem back to our defensive best we are struggling for goals and have the joint lowest goals at home with West Brom. This is leading to some fans asking for Barnes and Wood to be replaced with Vydra and Rodriguez. The recent Cup win at Fulham would seem to give some credence to this. However, having lost just three of our last nine league games, winning at Anfield and being seven points clear of the drop zone I can't see Dyche changing the starting eleven unless for injuries. I expect to see Barnes and Wood up top, McNeil and Brady on the wings and Brownhill and Westwood in the middle.
I also expect a tough game tonight. Villa are flying high in ninth with games in hand. They are a threat going forward and Grealish, Barkley and McGinn work really well together. Their other threats are Watkins and Luiz who are both also having good seasons. My initial thoughts are that tonight Villa will dominate the possession and the attacking stats. But thinking back to last season at Turf Moor I seem to remember us having more possession and Villa hitting us on the break with some great attacking football. Given our lack of goals I wouldn't be surprised if Villa have a similar strategy tonight and let us have the ball to then hit us on the break. My score predictions? I think Villa will score. But I also think we will score. Burnley 1 vs 1 Villa
Score Prediction: 1-0 - Villa look to keep their 10th clean sheet of the season, Villa have gone 33 top-flight visits to Turf Moor without a clean sheet since a goalless draw 101 years ago.
The AVFC Faithful: 0-1
Kian Davies: 0-1
Dom Phillips: 0-3
JP Smith: 0-2
Sam Walker: 0-2