Burnley vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Burnley will be hoping to continue their recent upturn in fortunes with a win at home to Aston Villa, who are looking for their first three-point haul since September 13.

In a season occasionally disrupted by injury, Danny Ings has found his scoring touch in the Premier League and has now hit three goals in four games, including both in their superb victory at Stoke City.

His goals will be crucial to the Turf Moor club’s fortunes, and they now look confident as a Premier League outfit. The next target would be to move out of the bottom three, and success here would give them a wonderful chance of doing so.

Paul Lambert knows that his Aston Villa side are in desperate need of a goalscorer, so will be hoping that Christian Benteke can get an extended run in the team when he returns in midweek. However, two draws have represented an improvement after six consecutive defeats, and their defensive approach against high-flying Southampton nearly paid off on Monday, only to concede a late equaliser.

The home side continue to be without midfielder Matt Taylor and striker Sam Vokes, while long-serving defender Michael Duff may not be risked after being forced off at Stoke.

Benteke completes his three-match suspension for Villa, who are likely to be without defenders Nathan Baker and Ron Vlaar again for this clash, although Philippe Senderos could be in contention.

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