It’s easy for me to think that Burnley will seriously struggle this season, as returnees to the league.
But I don’t think they will, as Vincent Kompany seems to have done a decent job in managing them.
I can’t say I know much about them or how they set up, but I do suspect they’ll have to be on good form to beat us.
Their previous form this season is nothing to go on, because they’ve only played Man City (losing 3-0) after their fixture at Luton was postponed so the Hatters can install new media facilities. A few seats wouldn’t go amiss while they’re at it.
Anyway, losing at City is no disgrace and we certainly can’t read anything into that game.
I’m rambling, because frankly I don’t know what to think, other than three points would be nice.
Team news and the big question is Aaaron Ramsey going to feature for them? I don’t think he’ll start, but I’d expect him to get minutes so the locals can take a look at him.
While I’m talking about Burnley, I might as well mention that Michael Obefemi is their only injury. Anass Zaroury is unavailable after being red carded at City and their other new signing, Hannes Delcroix could be in line for his first appearance.
As for the Villa, Martinez is probably being assessed as I write, after suffering a slight calf injury at Hibs. I’d guess he wants to play, but it may well be a case of you can’t be too careful with these things, which would see Olsen replacing him. I hope he’s fit, put it that way.
Mings and Buendia are obviously long term injjuries and Dendoncker, Jacob Ramsey and Coutinho are still recovering.
Talking of Coutinho, I’ve just read this in the Sun;
Philippe Countinho has agreed to QUIT Aston Villa after agreeing personal terms with Qatari club Al-Duhail.
However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that the Villans are yet to accept the deal as they are holding out for a higher transfer fee.
I can see that one happening.
In other news, Cameron Archer’s transfer to Sheffield Utd has been confirmed.
Prediction time then and I retain my confidence.
Villa to win, 2-1.