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Burnley VS Aston Villa | Match Preview.

After a rotten run of results for Steven Gerrard's side, a 2-0 victory over former Villa manager Dean Smiths Norwich side. This result not only got Villa back on track, it also relegated Norwich back to the Championship.


A huge victory for Villa, that will get us on track to a strong end of the season, we managed to beat a Norwich side who were in awful form, and on the brink of relegation (now relegated). After a fairly dominant display seeing Villa tear apart Norwich in every aspect of the pitch, us Villa fans hope for another big result against Burnley, who themselves are in a proper good run of results.

Last weekends game marked a debut for young Tim Iroegbunam, who played 75 minutes of the game; and i think we can all agree that he had an amazing game for such a young lad. Obviously there was a few shaky moments, but overall a solid performance, and a player who showed fight and passion for the badge. Something we haven't seen enough this season...

A goal for Ollie Watkins, after he forced a mistake out of Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams, causing him to slip over, giving Ollie a clear sight of goal. This goal was assisted by Danny Ings, who was on the pitch for a time of 45 seconds before making an unreal long ball. Leon Bailey was the man replaced in the 40th minute due to another, yes another injury for the Jamaican; who has had an awful start to his Villa career and the Villa fans showed their frustration. Danny Ings made his ability known to Gerrard as he ended the game off with a 92nd minute goal, just to put the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake. A positive performance for Villa as we now look ahead to the trip to Turf Moor.


Turf Moor will be rocking with Burnley's new run of form, interim manager Mike Jackson, and Ben Mee have turned a fairly poor Burnley team, into a Burnley side teams are scared to play. They have also possibly saved Burnley from relegation. As we look ahead to the game, we have to recognise that Burnley have not lost under Mike Jackson as of yet; so confidence will be high and Villa will struggle. However, after a big win against Norwich on the weekend, Villa will also be confident in being able to get a win away at Turf Moor which we failed to do in the last attempt. Losing 3-2. Here is some key factors we will need to keep an eye out for...

  • Burnley have a dangerous Ariel ability.

  • Burnley have recently set up a killer pressing tactic

  • They show unreal amounts of aggression.

A player that may struggle to be able to handle these key components, is young Tim Ireogbunam, if he plays there may be a player that Burnley target to press and roughen up. However, we have Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz, who are fully capable of filling in this position, in which I believe one may do. Villa also have key abilities that may make Burnley struggle.

  • Technical players (Buendia, Coutinho ect.)

  • Fast counter-attacks

  • Top strikers

We see here that there is a lot of individual quality in the side, and one way to get results for Gerrard is to be able to make those individual performances work as a team.


A 6AM start for a few Villa fans who make their way up to Turf Moor on Saturday. Let's hope we get the result needed. Let's get an update from the gaffer...


“We’ve got a couple of issues. Leon Bailey won’t make the game. He left the pitch last week and unfortunately this game will come too soon.
“I don’t think we’re dealing with a serious issue, so I think he’ll play again before the season’s out but he won’t be at Burnley.
“We had an issue in training with young Jacob Ramsey as well, so we’re analysing his situation and he’s a big doubt as we stand.
“Morgan Sanson’s returned to training and he’ll come back into the squad. Kortney Hause is still unavailable.
“A few disappointing situations that we’re going to have to deal with in the next 24 hours. The rest are healthy and ready to go.”


On Burnley...

“Burnley have got their own style and identity, but I think it’s very disrespectful to say that Burnley just fight and compete.
“I’ve watched their last three or four games and they’ve got really good technical players, they’ve got a really strong mentality within the group and they’re desperate to stay in the Premier League.


Let's hope we get another big result and put an end to Burnley's new manager bounce...

Written by Kian Davies.

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