Burnley-Aston Villa Preview
Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson has rubbished suggestions he is disappointed in Wout Weghorst's performance this season, as the Clarets travel to Aston Villa in a crucial fight for survival.
The Turf Moor outfit have two games to save their Premier League status, and know that destiny remains in their own hands in a basement battle with Everton and Leeds.
Weghorst was brought in during the January transfer window by Sean Dyche to boost the team's goalscoring performance but has struggled to establish his credentials.
Jackson however does not judge him harshly and believes he could still have a part to play in survival this week.
"I am not disappointed in him at all," he stated. "He is new to the Premier League. I think he is still finding his way, as with a lot of players.
"He has high standards and probably beats himself up too much. He has made a really good contribution - all right, the goals haven't come, but he is working on it and he will find a way out of it.
"He knows it's a team game and it's about being all-in. He is going to get the opportunities."
Opposite number Steven Gerrard meanwhile wants to treat his side's fans to a final flying home performance of the season, regardless of Burnley's peril.
"We want to send our supporters away happy and satisfied," he added. "They've been incredible since I walked in the door. We won't see them for some time so it's important that we send them away in the right place.
"I'm not sure how they're going to approach it - whether in terms of a 'must-win game', or if they want a point. But I do know they will be all in and will empty it at Villa Park, so we'll definitely respect that."
Aston Villa - Ollie Watkins
The England international has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 14 league appearances. If he scores here, it will be his 50th home goal in English league football (excluding play-offs).
Burnley - Nick Pope
The England goalkeeper has not kept a clean sheet away from home since February, when the Clarets beat Brighton. He will need to produce a superb performance from his locker to aid their quest for survival.
- Following their 3-1 win at Turf Moor earlier this month, Aston Villa are looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 1925-26 campaign. They won 10-0 against them at Villa Park that season, their joint-biggest margin of victory in their Football League history.
- Burnley have lost just one of their last seven away league games against Aston Villa (W3 D3), going down 5-2 in February 2010. They're unbeaten in their last three league visits to Villa Park, only having a longer run without defeat there once (4 games between 1930 and 1947).
- Aston Villa have won their final home league game in each of the last two seasons, beating Arsenal 1-0 in 2019-20 and Chelsea 2-1 last term. They last won their final home game in three consecutive campaigns between 2000-01 and 2002-03.
- Burnley have lost their final away league game in four of the last five seasons, winning the other against already relegated Norwich City in 2019-20.
- Aston Villa haven't won any of their last seven midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League home games (D3 L4) since a 1-0 win against Arsenal in July 2020.
Updated May 18, 2022