20:00 Thursday

Aston Villa vs Burnley Stats

  • Aston Villa have been winning at half-time in four of their last five meetings with Burnley
  • The hosts have opened the scoring in four of their last five matches
  • Burnley have a depleted defence and Steven Gerrard has called on his side to blow the visitors away


Aston Villa vs Burnley Tips

Betting Tip: Aston Villa Over 14.5 Shots

I’m dipping into the shots market here as I think Aston Villa will look to pepper the Burnley goal.

Manager Steven Gerrard came out and warned the visitors that his side will look to take their ‘frustrations’ out on them. His men were unable to capitalise on the plethora of chances they created against Crystal Palace at the weekend and now they welcome a Burnley outfit who could be without the majority of their key defenders.

The new manager bounce appears to have worn off for Burnley’s caretaker manager Michael Jackson and his team are conceding an average of 17.8 shots per away league match. Another loss here would mean that they’d need to beat Newcastle United at home on the final day and hope Leeds drop points to ensure survival.

Realistically, with the players they’re missing, Burnley will be happy to avoid defeat and I think Aston Villa will dominate and rack up the shots.

I’ll have 1.5 points on Steven Gerrard’s side covering this shot line.

Aston Villa Over 14.5 Shots - 1.5pts

Betting Tip: Aston Villa to score in both halves

This one is somewhat of a long shot but I really like the odds here. The hosts have a knack for getting on the scoresheet first and have done so in four of their last five matches. Villa certainly have the firepower at their disposal to be able to score in both halves and with the likes of Ashley Westwood, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Erik Pieters all possibly absent, it could quite easily be one-way traffic.

I’d be keeping an eye on the team news but if Burnley’s starting lineup has a host of absentees, then expect the price on this pick to drop quite quickly.

Burnley have been losing at both half-time and full-time in seven of their 18 away league games this season but appear to be running out of steam in their fight for survival. They conceded in both halves against Norwich City last month, a side that are far less potent than Aston Villa in attacking areas and who knew that they were likely going down.

I’ll have a point on Burnley conceding in both halves as they struggle to make their mark at hostile and atmospheric Villa Park on Thursday night.

Aston Villa to score in Both Halves - 1pt @ 9/4