Burnley vs Aston Villa preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action with Charlie Taylor and Josh Brownhill of Burnley during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley at Villa Park on December 17, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Burnley host Aston Villa at Turf Moor this week and will be looking to continue a recent good run of form.

Sean Dyche's men come into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 away win over Liverpool in the Premier League and a 3-0 win away at Fulham in the FA Cup

The visitors travel to Lancashire with two 2-0 scorelines in their last two games with one being a loss to Manchester City and the other a win over Newcastle United

  • Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury woes and will be well-rested after Dyche made changes to the side that faced Fulham. 

Charlie Taylor is the only one likely to miss the game and is unlikely to be rushed back after his time out due to injury. 

Despite impressing, Marvellous Nkakamba is likely to be sidelined as John McGinn returns from suspension.

Kourtney Hause and Wesley are both still out with long term injuries and will miss this clash.

  • Predicted line-ups


Pope, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Pieters; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Brady; Rodriguez, Barnes.

Aston Villa:

Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Traore, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins.

  • Ones to watch

If he starts Jay Rodriguez is definitely to one to keep an eye out for, his two goals against Fulham in the FA Cup ended a terrible goal drought. 

The striker also offers a different dynamic to Burnley going forward, and with Wood in poor form, Rodriguez is likely to come in to try and replicate his FA Cup performance.

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For Dean Smith's men, there is only one man who can take this spot and that's Jack Grealish. He has five goals and eight assists in 17 Premier League appearances.

Grealish is instrumental to Villa's attack but also offers a workmanlike mentality that leads the rest of his side. If in form he could be very destructive in this battle.

  • Previous meetings

The last time these two sides faced it ended all square. When it comes to their last six meetings the Clarets have won only once with Aston Villa winning twice meaning the sides have drawn three times in the six matches.

With their current form, Burnley will fancy their chances winning this tie but history favours the opposition.

  •  How to watch

The game is live on TV on BT Sport 2 and is also on their app and website for all UK fans.