Statistically speaking, Burnley at Villa Park and the usual

Maybe there is something about Jota that I'm just not seeing. He scored against Brighton and maybe playing as a winger isn't just about pace. I could be wrong, it has been known. And beating Brighton was nice, because this and the FA Cup are the only two chances we have of winning silverware this season, so we should take the competition seriously.

But today is about the Premier League and we need to win quite a few more games this season and we might not get many better chances than today.


I mean no disrespect to Burnley, but they lost more matches away from home last season than they won and drew combined. And while it's also true that that is the case for their home record, at home they won seven times and were tough to beat.

So this is a match we should be looking to win and I suspect the manager will start with Jota again after he scored against the Brighton reserve side in the week. I think it's a mistake, but I also think as I wrote above, that I could be wrong. But I'm not really confident us playing 4-3-3 and I think that is my main concern.

Also and this is just me asking because I don't know, what happened to Luiz last week? For me, along with John McGinn and Jack Grealish, he's starting every game. It surprised me and I hope he's back today.

But on that, it's time to leave you with some stats and a video. It's now time for me to drink coffee and prepare for later. It's going to be a good day today.

Match facts from the BBC

Head-to-head

  • Burnley have lost only one of their last eight top-flight meetings with Aston Villa (W3, D4).
  • The most recent encounter came in May 2015, when the Clarets won 1-0 at Villa Park on the final day of the season courtesy of a Danny Ings goal.
  • All 12 Premier League goals in games between these sides have been scored by British players.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa have lost three of the last four top-flight games in which they have scored the first goal.
  • The Villans are looking to record three consecutive Premier League clean sheets at Villa Park for the first time since 2012.
  • Villa have not conceded a first-half goal in five of their six Premier League matches this season.

Burnley

  • Burnley have won their last five Premier League games against newly-promoted sides, more than in their first 20 such matches (W4, D9, L7).
  • Ashley Barnes is Burnley's record Premier League goalscorer, with 36 goals in 142 games, but he has never scored in 18 appearances against newly-promoted sides.
  • The Clarets have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 top-flight away games (W2, D4, L4).
  • They are winless in their last five away league matches, with their most recent victory on the road coming at Bournemouth in April.

The manager