Vincent Kompany’s Burnley side play host to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon (14.00) as the sides lock horns at Turf Moor.
High-flying Villa return to Premier League action after an impressive display in the Europa Conference League qualifier in midweek, while Burnley are in action for the first time since losing to Manchester City in the opening match of the 2023-24 campaign.
Kompany has a fully-fit squad to choose from for this game, apart from Michael Obafemi, who’s currently nursing a thigh injury.
However, Villa can’t call upon the services of Tyrone Mings, Jacob Ramsey, Kortney House, Philippe Coutinho or Emiliano Buendia.
Aston Villa to win and both teams to score @ 3/1
Confidence will be high in the Villa camp after their 5-0 victory away from home against Hibs in a Europa Conference League playoff.
In addition, Unai Emery knows a thing or two about beating Burnley, having won all three previous managerial encounters against the Clarets despite conceding precisely once on each occasion.
Kompany will know there will be an emphasis to make Turf Moor their safe haven as they bid to avoid the drop, however, Burnley’s last top-flight campaign saw them go winless in their opening nine league games.
The Clarets only won once in their five Premier League home encounters against Villa in the 21st century (D2, L2), so I’m expecting high-flying Villa to take all three points here.
Burnley hit 49 goals in 23 games at home in the Championship and should be fired up for this fixture after a two-week break, while the visitors have also conceded in six consecutive away league games, so I’m also expecting goals at both ends.
Ollie Watkins to score anytime @ 8/5
The England striker hit a hat-trick against Hibs in midweek in their Europa Conference League playoff clash, and Emery will no doubt call upon the 27-year-old to do the business once again here.
Watkins enjoyed a rich vein of goalscoring form towards the latter half of last season, which saw him finish on 16 goals and six assists in all competitions.
Notably, the 27-year-old was on the scoresheet the last time Burnley and Villa met at Turf Moor.