Aston Villa vs Burnley: Steven Gerrard will try to keep the good times rolling and beat yet another side below Villa in the Premier League table when the Clarets visit Villa Park on Saturday (Watch live at 10 am ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Through six games under Gerrard, Aston Villa have beaten everyone you might reasonably expect them to beat (Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Norwich City) while losing to the sides you wouldn’t fancy them to beat (Manchester City and Liverpool). In short, Aston Villa are right where they should be — if not ahead of schedule — under the new manager. Having conceded just five goals in six games, compared to 20 in 11 before Gerrard arrived, the genesis of the sharp turnaround is crystal clear.
As for Burnley, Sean Dyche and Co., are headed for another lengthy relegation battle, and they’re bringing one of the Premier League’s worst attacking records to the table. With just 14 goals scored in 15 games, only three sides have fewer to their name this season. It’s a familiar story for Burnley, who are still in the Premier League on the strength of defending over the years, and they’re once again in the top half of fewest goals conceded.
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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Aston Villa vs Burnley this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.
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Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup (INJURY REPORT)
QUESTIONABLE: Emiliano Buendia (ankle), Anwar El Ghazi (COVID-19), Morgan Sanson (COVID-19), Jed Steer (COVID-19) | OUT: Bertrand Traore (thigh), Leon Bailey (thigh), Marvelous Nakamba (knee)
Burnley team news, injuries, lineup
QUESTIONABLE: Maxwel Cornet (thigh), Dale Stephens (ankle) | OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh), Connor Roberts (illness)
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Aston Villa (-143) | Burnley (+380) | Draw (+275)
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Oftentimes, it’s a lack of patience that undoes sides against Burnley, but Aston Villa have proven more than plenty patient as Gerrard fine-tunes the defense and slowly affords more freedom to the attacking stars. Aston Villa 2-0 Burnley.
How to watch Aston Villa vs Burnley, stream live and start time
Kickoff: 10 am ET Saturday
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com