A new year and hopefully a fresh start for Aston Villa as they return to action against Burnley in the Premier League.
Villa hasn’t been on the best of runs of late and finds themselves in the Premier League bottom three. The one saving grace is, despite 1 win in 6, we still find ourselves within touching distance of getting out of the bottom three. Dean Smith has come under pressure himself has openly stated that he hopes the 3-0 defeat to Watford will be the much-needed kick up the backside that his players need.
Many Aston Villa supporters are under no illusions and knew full well that this season would be hard. The one thing they do expect though is fight and desire. Something we have lacked since our 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Burnley have failed to win in two-game themselves and will be looking at this game as one that they can return to winning ways. Villa will have their work cut out.
Both Tyrone Mings and Keinan Davis are back in training and will give Smith the option to freshen up his side.
Matt Targett will miss out with a hamstring injury so Neil Taylor is likely to step in. John McGinn remains a long term absentee.
Burnley will be able to welcome back Ben Gibson (groin) and Aaron Lennon (illness). Johann Berg Gudmundsson has made two substitute appearances following his long lay off so will now be pushing for a start.
Former Villans Ashley Westwood and Matt Lowry could play against their former club.