For the second time in three matches, Aston Villa are set to confuse us all by squaring off against a club who wear claret and blue as well. If you need help figuring out which team is which, the one playing terrible football will be... um. Okay, the one that looks like they're scoring less than a goal a match is... shoot. The team who look like they've got a goal difference below -10 are...
Yeah, both clubs are pretty terrible this year. But Aston Villa, theoretically, have the talent to take all three points from a trip to Turf Moor. (Which is not, much to my surprise, a bargain store for all of your fescue needs.) Despite the fact that they will be missing Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Philippe Senderos, Fabian Delph, and Christian Benteke, our claret and blue should prevail.
It is a bit disconcerting, though, that the not-playing makes for a nice back three, a great box-to-box mid, and a striker for them to link up with. You could build a pretty interesting lineup that way. But that's for a different post. Here we've got today's actual lineups. And if you're still wondering how to tell the teams apart, Burnley are the one with a crest that looks like it came from an old Atari system.
Up the Villa!
Aston Villa Starting XI
Brad Guzan, Alan Hutton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Aly Cissokho, Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez, Tom Cleverley, Joe Cole, Andi Weimann
Aston Villa Bench
Shay Given, Leandro Bacuna, Charles N'Zogbia, Matthew Lowton, Callum Robinson, Jack Grealish
Burnley Starting XI
Tom Heaton, Kieran Trippier, Michael Keane, Jason Shackell, Stephen Ward, George Boyd, Dean Marney, David Jones, Michael Kightly, Ashley Barnes, Danny Ings
Ben Mee, Ross Wallace, Marvin Sordell, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Matt Gilks, Kevin Long, Scott Arfield