Burnley visits Villa park today, and so do two former players. Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood. Both were deemed not good enough by the Villa Faithfull. Is it a case of one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure?. We shall see today.
Both players have performed well at Burnley. Ashley Westwood was voted their player of the season by both the fans and his teammates. https://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/news/2019/may/double-top-for-westwood/ Yet at Villa he was nicknamed the crab. I always thought he had just become another scapegoat. He did his job and played it simple. Like all players, their instructions come from the Coach.
Talking of scapegoats, we do have a habit of targetting players and treating them harshly. If we’re not careful, some of the new players could become the next Ashley Westwood.
Anyway, today game is a real six-pointer, and so are our following two games. It’s got to the stage where we cannot be saying it early days, even though it still is. We need to get points on the board, and our next three games give us this opportunity. But it’s easier said than done, as we have found out thus far.
So something, as to change, or a combination of changes are needed. Personal and game management are obvious choices, but simple tactical changes might be all it needs. After all, we’re not too far away, and we could have a lot more points on the board than what we have got. But the fact we haven’t means that something is not right. We can’t merely blame match officials. We need to overcome opposition regardless.
Burnley have lost only one of their last eight top-flight games against Aston Villa winning 3, drawing 4.
The most recent encounter came in May 2015, when the Burnley won 1-0 on the final day of the season at Villa Park.
Aston Villa is looking to record three consecutive Premier League clean sheets at Villa Park for the first time since 2012.
Aston Villa has not conceded a first-half goal in five of their six Premier League matches this season.
Burnley have won their last five Premier League games against newly-promoted sides.
Burnley has not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 top-flight away games. They are winless in their last five away league matches,