Kick-off: 1230, 01/01/2020
Stadium: Turf Moor
TV: BT Sport
Burnley have done well against teams below them in the Premier League table this term and are fancied to take care of Aston Villa at Turf Moor.
The Clarets have claimed 17 points from a possible 21 when facing such opponents, scoring 14 goals in those games and conceding just three times.
We’re happy to take 39/50 for a home win as our initial Burnley vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley had their limitations exposed by Everton and Manchester United, but previously beat Newcastle and Bournemouth in the build-up to Christmas.
Phil Bardsley went closest against his former club on Saturday, when a low shot forced a good second-half save from David De Gea.
He was happy to focus on the Clarets being as high as 13th in the table, six points clear of the drop zone.
“We are trying to do the right things,” the United youth graduate said. “We are miles ahead in the points’ tally to where we were last season and it’s something to build on.
“We’ve got a massive game on Wednesday to look forward to. We’ll recover now and go again.
“This is what this time of year is all about. The games come thick and fast and we have to prepare ourselves properly. It’s a protein shake instead of a pint!”
It is worth noting that Burnley have scored almost 70% of their goals this season in the second half, while Villa concede a similar ratio after the break.
Looking at the Burnley vs Aston Villa odds, we like 21/20 for the Clarets to outscore their opponents following the interval.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Wood, Barnes.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa had a welcome win over Norwich on Boxing Day but then slipped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Watford, which allowed the Hornets to climb off the bottom.
Dean Smith’s side were only 1-0 down when their hosts had Adrian Mariappa dismissed before the hour mark, but were especially poor when up against 10 men.
“There is no excuse,” declared Smith. “We have to perform better than we did.
“Against Norwich, we got attitude, character and application – and in the first half [at Watford] we never got that.
“Unfortunately, away from home at the moment, our performances have not been very good and that is something we have to change straight away.”
Villa have lost five of their last six league games and really seem to be missing influential figures Tyrone Mings (hamstring) and John McGinn (ankle).
Let’s finish off our Burnley vs Aston Villa betting tips by taking 5/1 for Clarets forward Jay Rodriguez to score last.
All three of his Premier League goals have come after half-time and he’s likely to play after only coming on as a substitute at the weekend.
Last Villa line-up: Heaton, Konsa, Targett, Elmohamady, Hause, Douglas Luiz, Lansbury, Grealish, Hourihane, Jota, Wesley.