Aston Villa v Burnley predictions: Clarets can claim valuable point | Sports News
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Leon Bailey (ankle) is doubtful and Kortney Hause (abdominal strain) and Ezri Konsa (knee) are ruled out.
Ben Mee (calf), James Tarkowski and Jay Rodriguez (thigh) are uncertain and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf), Ashley Westwood (ankle), Matej Vydra and Erik Pieters (knee) are unavailable.
Burnley are aiming for four points from their two remaining matches to secure another Premier League season and they can get one against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The Clarets were left frustrated by their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday, inflicted by Harry Kane’s first-half penalty.
There was a furious reaction to the VAR intervention awarding Spurs the spot-kick, but Burnley composed themselves and produced a much improved second-half performance that nearly earned a point.
They were fully committed and well organized despite having to play the game without injured first-choice centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.
Understudy Nathan Collins and Kevin Long have performed well but Burnley manager Mike Jackson may have a decision to make as Mee and Tarkowski battle to prove their fitness in time to tackle Steven Gerrard’s side .
Winning four points is the ultimate plan, but Jackson will be aware that just one more point could be enough to finish ahead of Leeds, who have a vastly inferior goal difference.
Burnley’s need is obviously far greater than Villa’s, but that would also have been the case 12 days ago when the Midlands side triumphed 3-1 at Turf Moor.
Villa were worthy winners in Lancashire, but they are an inconsistent group and followed that up with a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool and a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace, leaving them 14th in the table.
Gerrard believes his side have underperformed, although it’s worth remembering that he arrived at the club in November when they were two points above the relegation zone.
Plans for next season are underway with Philippe Coutinho agreeing to join on a permanent basis and new signings are likely to arrive as Villa seek to establish themselves as a top side.
To do this, they must improve the quality of their starting XI and strengthen their strength in depth, especially in the defensive areas.
Gerrard favors an attacking style but his backline has been left exposed too many times.
There have been signs of a more wary Villa getting the balance in away games, but they like to play on the front foot at Villa Park and that has had consequences as they have scored 28 league goals away. home – the fourth highest in the division.
Burnley will need to defend well, as they have for long spells at Tottenham, but they should imagine their chances of taking advantage of an ill-protected Villa defense weakened by the absence of injured centre-back Ezri Konsa.
The Clarets have produced some audacious performances away from home this season – draws at Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham – and have every chance of securing another point.
Aston Villa have drawn their last two home games against Burnley.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:40 PM, MAY 18, 2022