With the Premier League season drawing to a close, Burnley continue to fight for their lives in a battle to avoid relegation. They come into this game off the back of three wins in a row, lifting themselves to 16th place and plunging Leeds United right into the thick of things.
The hosts are by no means clear from danger though with just two points separating Burnley from Everton, who occupy the final relegation place. The side have been rejuvenated since Mike Jackson took over in a caretaker role and they know another win this weekend will be a massive step forward in their bid to be playing Premier League football again next season.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are playing for nothing more than pride with the Midlands club safely in midtable and that lack of motivation could be a reason they have won just one of their last five league games. That victory came in their last outing though, a 2-0 win over Norwich, and Steven Gerrard will be hoping his side will be able to build on that win and end the season on a high.
It’s been another season of progress for Villa with Gerrard being appointed earlier in the season and having a good impact on the club. They will be looking towards a top half finish next season but, for this, another season of midtable safety will have to do for the Villains.
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Burnley vs Aston Villa match stats
Burnley haven’t been the most exciting sides this season, but have certainly been functional. 22 of their 34 games have seen under 2.5 goals, with the side averaging less than a goal a game over the course of the season.
Aston Villa have been a little more exciting, with 44 goals in 34 games, and this holds up in away games for Villa as the side continue to average more than a goal a game when on the road.
27 January 2021 – Burnley 3-2 Aston Villa – Premier League
17 December 2020 – Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley – Premier League
01 January 2020 – Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa – Premier League
28 September 2019 – Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley – Premier League
24 May 2015 – Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley – Premier League
It’s been a very even affair between the two sides since both sides have been back in the Premier League. Burnley are fighting for their lives though, and this adds an edge to the match.