Burnley vs Aston Villa: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Turf Moor

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Burnley entertain Aston Villa this Saturday at Turf Moor with the Clarets finally hitting a good spell of form, winning two games on the bounce.

With a win this weekend against the Villains, Sean Dyche can lead his team out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. Danny Ings is a man in alluring form and will be the pivotal part of Burnley’s game-plan.

Paul Lambert’s men visit Turf Moor knowing that they haven’t recorded a win in their last eight Premier League fixtures – currently finding themselves in a patch of mediocrity. 

Christian Benteke serves the final game of his three-match ban so Gabby Agbonlahor will continue to be the focal point of the Villains’ attack. Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker are still doubts for the game, but with stellar performances from Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark in recent weeks, Paul Lambert will take no risks with rushing them back.

Burnley have not lost to Aston Villa at Turf Moor since 1961; Sean Dyche will want to please the fans and continue their assertive dominance.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Aston Villa 2 (Heskey, Downing) Burnley 1 (Carlisle), Carling Cup, October 2010

Aston Villa 5 (Young, Downing x2, Heskey, Agbonlahor) Burnley 2 (Fletcher, Paterson), Premier League, February 2010

Burnley 1 (Caldwell) Aston Villa 1 (Heskey), Premier League, November 2009

STATS…

Aston Villa haven’t lost to Burnley since 2004, winning 3 and drawing 1 of their last 4 encounters.

Burnley’s last defeat to Aston Villa at Turf Moor was in May 1961, since then, they have won 8 and drawn 3.

Aston Villa have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 away matches in the Premier League.

Burnley have won two games consecutively - beating Hull and Stoke - for the first time since April.

Aston Villa haven’t won a Premier League game in 8 matches, their last win was against Liverpool on September 13.

ODDS…

Burnley to win: 2.1

Aston Villa to win: 3.5

Draw: 3.3

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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