Burnley will look to move out of the bottom three as they head to Villa Park on Thursday to take on Steven Gerrard and his troops.
These two sides met only recently and Aston Villa won 3-1 at Turf Moor. Bookmaker William Hill has the odds at 4.20 for Villa to win again with both teams scoring. The odds are at 7.00 for Burnley to win with both teams scoring and at 4.40 for a score draw.
Villa delivered Mike Jackson his first loss as Burnley boss on May 7. The Clarets put in a decent shift, but the team made a couple of individual errors and Villa had a bit more class to finish off their chances.
Burnley fans must have been in dreamland ahead of the match after Jackson started his reign at the club with three wins and a draw. He’s given players a bit more freedom than Sean Dyche used to do and it seems to have boosted everybody’s confidence.
Maxwel Cornet scored a late consolation goal against Villa two weeks ago and Jackson will hope to see his top scorer produce a bit of magic again.
Cornet has notched eight goals in 19 Premier League starts and he will definitely have a lot of suitors if Burnley’s fight for survival proves to be unsuccessful in the end. He’s got great technical ability and seems mentally strong as tough tackling from the opposition doesn’t seem to bother him.
Villa, who have hit some nice form at the end of the season with only one loss suffered in five games will play their final home game and Gerrard will certainly demand that his players give the fans something to cheer about.
The Villans have blown hot and cold all season long and their recent home form has been particularly disappointing as they have picked up just two wins in 10 games.
Gerrard has taken 10 wins and 12 losses as Villa manager and he definitely can’t be satisfied with his work if he ends up having more losses than wins for the season.
Villa will try to complete a league double over Burnley for the first time since 1925-26. Visiting Birmingham has suited Burnley well through the years as they have lost just one of their last seven trips there. Another unbeaten outing would be a big step towards Premier League survival.