Aston Villa returns to Villa Park today as they welcome Sean Dyche and his Burnley side to B6. Dean Smith will be hoping his side can build on the four points they have picked up in their two home games so far this season as they bid to try and pull away from the relegation zone.
Burnley have had a steady start to the season winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2. Looking at the fixtures they have played, there have been no real surprises really, picking up points you would expect them too. They will come to Villa Park, well organised and solid. In many ways, this could prove to be more difficult than last weeks game at the Emirates against Arsenal.
Despite playing some very good football in spells, Villa have been their own downfall. Mistakes and tiredness have cost them on more than one occasion this year. Oh, and the officials combined with VAR but I think we have covered that enough recently. Seven of the nine goals we have conceded in the Premier League this season have come in the last 30 minutes of our games!
Smith has confirmed that Henri Lansbury, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester are all close to a return. However, it is thought that today’s game against Burnley has come too soon.
Chester has stepped up his return with game time with the U23 side. Lansbury is jogging against while Kodjia has returned to training – with a mask.
Burnley are in pretty good health with only loanee Danny Drinkwater missing. The midfielder is in light training following an ankle injury but is not ready for first-team football, yet.
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Lee Mason
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