England Premier League
Thursday 19th May 2022
Kick off at 8pm BST
Venue: Villa Park
Because some fixtures had to be rearranged earlier in the season these two clubs have had to play each other twice in under two weeks. Villa are in 14th place and their hopes of finishing in the top half of the table look dashed with the teams in front of them, and recently they have dropped more points since beating Burnley.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace has seen Steven Gerrard’s team earn 8 points from their last 15 on offer. With victory Villa would move up 3 places and they do have a game in hand over some of their direct rivals although a word of caution they have to play Manchester City away from home in their final game of the season. At home the majority of Villa’s results have ended in defeats with 8 so far although of course Dean Smith was also in charge of the club. Villa have lost 3 of their last five games at home though.
Burnley are in 18th place not where you want to be with two games of the season remaining and if the club lose their next two games then they will be relegated. Mike Jackson has come into the club and seemed to make an impact but it only takes losing a couple of games in this position to wipe clean any good work. The club come into this match having lost their last two against Villa of course and also Tottenham at the weekend as they lost out narrowly to a Harry Kane penalty.
With victory over Villa everything can change for Burnley who could go in 16th position if Everton lose on the same day or even if Everton win they could go in 17th place and above Leeds which would really pile the pressure on them.
Aston Villa: Ezri Konsa-Ngoyo has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and will also miss a chunk of the new season with a knee injury. Leon Bailey looks set to remain out with an ankle injury and Kourtney Hause is out with a muscle injury.
Burnley: Jay Rodriguez is 50/50 to make this game and he will have to be assessed due to his recent hamstring injury. Ben Mee has a lack of match fitness and is likely to miss out. James Tarkowski is touch and go to be ready for this game after his hamstring injury. Gudmundsson, Matej Vydra and Ashley Westwood are all out for the season.
Aston Villa vs Burnley Head to Head:
These two sides met only earlier this month with Burnley at home and Aston Villa won 3-1.
From the last 11 meetings Burnley have only won two times.
There is an 80% chance to see both teams to score.
Aston Villa vs Burnley Prediction:
Burnley didn’t need this tough game in the situation they are in and even from a psychological stand point facing a team who just beat you at home is not easy. This is Villa’s last home game of the season and they will want to send their fans away with a good victory, because the liklihood is that they will lose their next game against Manchester City. This game feels like the end of the season for Villa, a chapter being closed on Steven Gerrard’s first season as a manger in English football and the club will be determined to do well and get all three points.
The worry for Burnley is that they are the team under pressure to come here and get something and it has been a tricky ground in the past for them to get points. The club’s injury list seems to be getting longer too and there are some key players in that list. Of course Burnley have to fight for everything, and even if they lose here they will get a second chance at the weekend, although defeat would be unthinkable for them by that stage. An evening game away from home, this looks tough for Burnley and we will back Villa to get the win.
Aston Villa vs Burnley Betting Tips:
Aston Villa to beat Burnley at 2.10
Anytime goalscorer: Ollie Watkins at 2.75