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PREVIEW: Burnley v Aston Villa

Build-up as the Clarets look to ring in the New Year with another home win

31 December 2019

The Clarets kick off 2020 at home to Aston Villa looking for another show of Turf Moor strength.

Sean Dyche’s men start the year well placed in 13th spot in the Premier League – a vast improvement from this time 12 months ago when they were scrapping to get out of the bottom three.

But with a tough run of league fixtures to follow, the insurance blanket of maintaining a six-point gap above Villa, who currently occupy the final relegation place, would be welcome.

And when the chips are down, the Clarets invariably produce the goods on home turf.

Dyche’s side has found it hard going against the big guns this season and the manager acknowledges the need to cut out errors to have any chance of getting something against the likes of Manchester United, who profited from a defensive mistake to set up a 2-0 on Saturday.

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But the Clarets have only lost one of their last 18 matches against a side starting the day in the Premier League’s bottom three.

And this season, they have won all four home games they have played at Turf Moor against sides currently in the bottom half of the table - without conceding a goal.

A repeat against a Villa side which has won just one of its last seven league games and have been poor travellers on their return to the Premier League would be the perfect way to start the year.

And Dyche is looking to his side to pick up where they left off in taking the fight to United in the second 45 minutes on Saturday night when they went hunting for an equaliser.

“Everyone has something to play for, including us. But I think we will be right after that performance,” said the Burnley boss.

“There will be another little edge to the performance and we will be ready to go again.

“The performance level has got to stay where it was in the second half.

“In recent games we have ground wins out, but I thought in the second half we tried to forge a win and try and plan a win and I think that was better. We’ve got to do that going forwards.”

Team news

The Clarets are likely to have defender Ben Gibson back in the squad following a groin strain and Aaron Lennon may also be back in contention following illness.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson made a second substitute appearance against Manchester United following his lengthy injury absence and will be pushing for more game time.

Villa left-back Matt Targett is ruled out with the hamstring injury he sustained in Villa’s defeat at Watford on Saturday, meaning a likely re-call for Neil Taylor.

Midfielder John McGinn remains a long-term absentee with a fractured ankle.

But central defender Tyrone Mings and striker Keinan Davis could return as manager Dean Smith contemplates changes.

Form Guide

The Clarets lost either side of Christmas after back-to-back wins in the run-up to Christmas to sit 13th in the table.

Burnley have won five and lost five of their home fixtures so far.

Sean Dyche’s men have won all four of their home games against sides currently sitting in the bottom half of the table.

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The two sides drew 2-2 at Villa Park at the end of September when the Clarets twice hit back to claim a point.

Aston Villa – semi-finalists in the Carbao Cup – have lost five of their last six league games to slip into the relegation places.

The Villains have the worst away record in the top flight, with just four points from 10 games and lost 3-0 at bottom club Watford last Saturday.

Their only away win came at Norwich City, who were leapfrogged by Watford at the weekend, in early October.

Opposition camp

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: “Sean knows how to do well in this league. They’ve been in the Premier League for a few years now and they’ve become an established team.

“They’ll be hard to beat, and Turf Moor is a place that we’re going to have to roll our sleeves up at.

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“I’m looking for the players to stand up and be counted – myself included.

“Go and win tackles, go and win headers, go and compete, show work rate. That’s what you need to go and win games.”

Match stats

Jay Rodriguez could make 150th appearance for the Clarets. His first came 12 years ago as a substitute against Bristol City – replacing Stephen Jordan – on 29 December, 2007.

This is the 100th league meeting between the clubs.

The Clarets have lost just one of their last 11 league meetings with Villa.

Villa haven’t won at Burnley since 1959 and haven't won a league game at Turf Moor since 1936.

The Clarets haven’t drawn a Premier League game at Turf Moor since it finished 1-1 against Southampton on 2 February last year. They have played 17 home league games since.

Referee

Michael Oliver

VAR

Jarred Gillett

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REPORT: Burnley 1 Aston Villa 2

Wood goal and second-half fightback not enough as Clarets make losing start to 2020

1 January 2020

The Clarets couldn’t make it a happy New Year as a third successive defeat left them looking over their shoulders at the start of 2020.

Sean Dyche’s men still have a handy cushion above the bottom three places as they head into the new decade.

But Villa’s win – secured by first-half goals from Wesley and the outstanding Jack Grealish – allowed the Midlanders to climb out of the relegation places and within three points of the Clarets, whose barnstorming second-half performance was ultimately too little, too late.

Burnley were impressive after the break as they looked to stave off a sixth home defeat of the season and first against a side in the bottom half of the table.

But despite penning Villa in their own half, they couldn’t add to Chris Wood’s eighth goal of the season and paid the price for a dismal first 45 minutes which proved just beyond repair.

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The tone was set in a nervy start from the Clarets who needed the assistance of VAR to stop them going behind with 12 minutes gone.

When Grealish headed home a cross from Ezri Konsa following some sloppy defending the Villa players and supporters celebrated their first ‘goal’ away from home in three games.

Some three minutes later it was chalked off when Wesley’s heel was ruled to be an inch offside as the technology again did few favours to those inside the ground.

The decision only delayed the seemingly inevitable, however, as Villa did claim a legitimate lead inside half an hour through Wesley’s first league goal since October and their last away success.

The Clarets hadn’t got going, bar flashes from Dwight McNeil who rifled a shot over the bar of former Burnley skipper Tom Heaton, and they were finally made to pay.

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Nick Pope had saved well with his feet from Wesley and a follow-up from Douglas Luiz but he was powerless to keep out another Wesley effort on the volley following a one-two with Grealish, who was running the game for the visitors.

The Clarets couldn’t deal with the movement and passing of the Villa captain and four minutes before the break he doubled the visitors’ lead, accepting a pass from Luiz to make the room to rifle a shot into the top corner.

Burnley’s response was to send on Jay Rodriguez - making his 150th appearance for the Clarets - and Johann Berg Gudmundsson at the start of the second half.

The pair had been instrumental in the Clarets’ effort to claw back a deficit against Manchester United four days previously and again made an immediate difference – although it might have been a lost cause had Luiz beaten Pope with an excellent chance to put Villa three clear at the other end.

For the first time the Villa defence was asked some serious questions and Rodriguez – who had come off the bench to score an equaliser at Villa Park in September – almost pulled one back when a ball fired across the box from James Tarkowski hit his heel and bounced just the wrong side of the post.

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A goal would surely have unsettled a Villa side with the worst away record in the division and with McNeil and Taylor also starting to pepper the visitors’ box there was a feeling it would come.

Another cross from Taylor presented Wood with a chance he lashed wide before Wood couldn’t make the most of an opening presented by Ashley Westwood’s fine pass.

The Clarets had amassed 18 goal attempts without locating the target but with 10 minutes of normal time to go they finally made the breakthrough to get them back into the game.

And it was top scorer Wood who got his radar right with another headed goal – showing great strength to nod in from beyond the far post from Westwood’s chipped cross.

Heaton was injured as he tried to keep the ball out, adding further to the injury-time as he became the second Villa man to be stretchered off after Wesley’s earlier exit.

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That allowed the Clarets an additional nine minutes to try and force an equaliser but despite camping in Villa territory they couldn’t test Villa substitute keeper Orjan Nyland as the visitors hung on to three big points.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady (Gudmundsson HT), Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez HT). Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Drinkwater, Hendrick, Long.

Booked: Tarkowski

Aston Villa: Heaton (Nyland 84); Konsa, Mings, Hause; Guilbert, Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Taylor; Trezeguet (Hourihane 77), Wesley (Kodjia 70), Grealish. Substitutes: Chester, Lansbury, El Ghazi, El Mohamady.

Booked: Taylor

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 19,561

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