- Burnley vs Aston Villa

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Saturday 29 November 2014 | Turf Moor | Kick-off 15:00

Burnley
Burnley
0 - 0
Aston Villa
Aston Villa

Match preview

Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa can end their eight-match winless run against Burnley despite a number of key players being ruled out with injuries ahead of their trip to Turf Moor.

The visitors come into Saturday’s match with only two points to show from those eight outings, after taking 10 points from their first four league encounters this term.

Villa came close to ending their winless sequence on Monday, but Nathaniel Clyne's 81st-minute equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for second-placed Southampton at Villa Park.

Lambert, who took charge of the club for the 100th time against Southampton, is without the defensive trio of Ron Vlaar (calf), Philippe Senderos (calf) and Nathan Baker (knee), as well as midfielder Fabian Delph (shoulder) and forward Libor Kozak (broken leg).

Christian Benteke also serves the last of a three-match suspension this weekend following his red card against Tottenham Hotspur.

"Everybody is the same. They are doing well but no-one will return," said Lambert on Thursday. "It's more or less the same as Monday against Southampton.

"It's Vlaar's calf, not what is was the last time. It's a strain. It's the same calf but a different part.

"Philippe has a calf problem and it's Christian's last game banned. Fabian is doing well in his rehab but is a few weeks away. Nathan will be out for longer.

"Six players out for our club is hard. If you lose six players even if you're a top club it's a big, big chunk."

Tom Heaton, meanwhile, wants Burnley to use the underdog tag to their advantage as they look to continue a recent resurgence.

The goalkeeper has been an ever-present in the league for Sean Dyche's men this season, and his first clean sheet in six matches helped the team to their maiden win of the campaign, a 1-0 triumph over Hull City before the international break.

Burnley made it back-to-back victories on their return to action last weekend, surprising many by defeating Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium thanks to an early brace from Danny Ings.

They will go in search of three consecutive BPL wins for the first time in their history when they welcome Villa, and Heaton believes not being the favourites can work to their advantage.

"That's something we've talked about," he said. "It's something we try and use. You can be successful, I think, if you use that underdog tag.

"It's difficult for teams, they don't quite know what to expect. We're new into the league so we like to think we're going to make it difficult for everyone.

"It's always nice to prove the doubters wrong. We've got internal expectation, but externally there is probably isn't an awful lot.

"It depends which way you look at it. We try not to let it affect us. We've still got to go and do our job and we go about our business well and the manager is great for that."

The hosts welcome Scott Arfield back into contention after he missed the Stoke game with a knock, while Dyche revealed on Thursday that Michael Duff is a fitness doubt after hobbling off at the Britannia Stadium.

Matt Taylor (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee, while Sam Vokes (knee) is still out, despite making a goalscoring return for the development squad on Tuesday.

Burnley (from): Gilks, Heaton, Duff, Keane, Lafferty, Long, Mee, Reid, Shackell, Trippier, Ward, Arfield, Boyd, Chalobah, Howieson, Jones, Kightly, Marney, Wallace, Barnes, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Sordell.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Herd, Hutton, Lowton, Okore, Cleverley, Cole, Grealish, N'Zogbia, Richardson, Sanchez, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Burke, Weimann.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Graham Scott Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Ledger Fourth Official: J Moss

Match Facts
Burnley have lost none of their last 13 home matches against Aston Villa in all competitions (W8 D5 L0) dating back to 1959.
The Villans’ away record at Turf Moor is even worse in the league alone where they have won none of their last 23 visits dating back to 1936 (W0 D5 L18).

Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 2 v Stoke (A) 22 Nov 2014

won

1 - 0 v Hull (H) 08 Nov 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Arsenal (A) 01 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 3 v Everton (H) 26 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 3 v West Ham (H) 18 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Leicester (A) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 2 v Stoke (A) 22 Nov 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Arsenal (A) 01 Nov 2014

Burnley club profile

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

1 - 1 v Southampton (H) 24 Nov 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v West Ham (A) 08 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Spurs (H) 02 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 0 v QPR (A) 27 Oct 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Everton (A) 18 Oct 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Man City (H) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 13 Sep 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Spurs (H) 02 Nov 2014

Aston Villa club profile

Last corresponding meeting

Burnley Aston Villa

Sat 21 Nov 2009 | Turf Moor | Attendance: 21,178

Burnley 1 - 1 Aston Villa
  • Steven Caldwell (9)
  • Emile Heskey (86)
  Possession
Burnley 47%
Aston Villa 53%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Burnley 4 6
Aston Villa 2 4
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Burnley 7 0 0
Aston Villa 14 3 0
Total 21 3 0
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