Premier League: Aston Villa v Burnley

The last time Dean Smith’s side won in front of the Holte End was when Liverpool were humbled 7-2, with a trio of home losses following that historic result.

Brighton, Southampton and Leeds have all beaten Villa since then, but Smith will be hopeful that struggling Burnley will gift him an early Christmas present when the sides kick-off.

It’s probably not the best time to play the Clarets though, as Sean Dyche’s side are buzzing from beating Arsenal on Sunday and have renewed optimism ahead of what looks like being a relegation fight this season.

Sunday’s three points at Wolves did come at a price for Villa, as both Douglas Luiz and Matty Cash will be missing through suspension. Cash picked up his fifth booking of the season, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown a red card for two bookable offences.

There’s better news in the shape of Ross Barkley’s potential return to the squad though, as the England midfielder continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Smith confirmed he will be looked at on the day of the game before a decision is made on his fitness.

Tom Heaton could return to the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a bad ACL injury, but Wesley needs more time after a similar injury and won’t be involved.

Burnley’s tight-knit squad is in good health at the minute, with the Clarets’ form improving since the influential trio of James Tarkowski, Nick Pope and Ben Mee have all been available.

Midfielders Jack Cork and Johan Berg Gudmundsson have been struggling with injuries, but along with Dale Stephens and Phil Bardsley, came through an under-23 game on Monday fine and could make the squad.

Dyche is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that beat Arsenal on Sunday night, with Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill continuing in central midfield after the former recovered from an attempted chokeslam by Granit Xhaka.

Aston Villa take on Burnley on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Crystal Palace

Sean Dyche’s side are without a Premier League win so far, but two draws from their last four games gives hope a result in this one.

Dyche does have some key names coming back from injury, with Jack Cork, Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor all back fit.

Cork is likely to be the only change for the Clarets however, with Robbie Brady set to drop out after a busy week away with Ireland.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is also set for limited changes, after the Eagles impressed with a 4-1 win over Leeds last time out.

Eberechi Eze has passed a fitness test and should start again, with Gary Cahill and James McCarthy also pushing for a starting return in Lancashire.

And it’s a 5.30pm kick off at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Tottenham

The Clarets are yet to win in the Premier League this season and Sean Dyche is battling against a constant injury crisis.

Key trio Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley all remain sidelined through injury but Matt Lowton and Erik Pieters could make the squad.

Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides in recent weeks but Mourinho will be unhappy with their defensive record.

His side surrendered a three-goal lead against West Ham last weekend and the Portuguese boss is set to make changes.

Eric Dier will come into the side if he passes a late fitness test and Gareth Bale looks certain to make his first Spurs start since 2013.

And it’s set for a late night in Lancashire with an 8pm kick off at Turf Moor.