Aston Villa V Burnley Team News

Aston Villa V Burnley Team News

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will be looking to pick up just their second Premier League win of the season when they take on Burnley on Saturday.

Villa has just the one win under their belts so far this season, a home victory over Everton, and they sit in the relegation places in the table with four points from six games, despite a large outlay on new players in the summer.


Smith will be hoping the goal scored by Jota in their midweek win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup will see him go on a scoring streak after a difficult start to his life at the club following his controversial move from rivals Birmingham in the summer.

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“Jota scores goals, as well as creating,” said Smith. “He’s acclimatising, working with the new players at Aston Villa. We had a big overhaul in the summer and we’re starting to get better and better.”

Smith will be considering some changes to the side that fell to defeat at Arsenal but Tom Heaton will start against his former club.

Conor Hourihane scored in the cup and may get the nod over Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz.
Matt Targett has returned to fitness and could be in line to make his first league start in place of Neil Taylor, while Jota will hope to start in place of Anwar El Ghazi.

Opponents Burnley on the other hand are going along nicely and their win over Norwich last weekend propelled them into the top half of the table where they sit on eight points from six games.

Johann Gudmundsson should be back in contention following a lower leg injury and will be vying for a start with Jeff Hendrick but Sean Dyche is unlikely to make changes to a winning side.
Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood will both line up against their former club.

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