Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Burnley
Venue: Villa Park – Sunday, May 24th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Aston Villa 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Burnley 12/5
Tim Sherwood‘s appointment as Villa boss in February is one of the stories of the season and his rejuvenation of the side has seen them stay up.
Despite Villa’s escape from the drop last weekend’s 6-1 thumping by Southampton is one to forget and the Villans can end the season on a good note by heaping more misery on already relegated Burnley.
Christian Benteke hit form at the right time for Sherwood and his goals have played a major role in retaining top flight football for the club. He has scored 11 in his last ten games.Embed from Getty Images
Burnley just haven’t had enough to avoid the drop this season and they were the first side to be drop back down to the Championship.
Sean Dyche‘s side have lost 19 games this season and it is not surprising they haven’t stayed up as winning just six games is not good enough.
They picked up a point last weekend against Stoke and the best they can hope for is a positive result here to avoid finishing at the foot of the table.Embed from Getty Images
Danny Ings has been the best thing for the club this season and his form, although not enough to keep them up, will surely force a Premier League move during the transfer window. He has netted ten goals in 34 games and can give his fans something to cheer as their stay in the top flight comes to an end.
Aston Villa have five injury concerns. Kieran Richardson, Libor Kozák, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark and Chris Herd are all unavailable. Sherwood will hope his side play with freedom and put last weekend’s result behind them.
Burnley have two absentees with Kevin Long and Dean Marney out. Other than that, Dyche has a full selection and has the opportunity to give some of the less regular members of his squad a final run-out.
Aston Villa’s last five: L/L/L/W/D
Burnley’s last five: L/L/L/W/D
Key Stat: Burnley have failed to score in seven of their last eight games.
Key Player: Christian Benteke – The Belgian powerhouse is who Villa fans need to thank for their survival and he is now tipped for a big summer move.Embed from Getty Images
Aston Villa 2-0 Burnley – Not much joy for Burnley here as Villa will ease to a final day victory