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Aston Villa: Gerrard must unleash Danny Ings against Burnley

Aston Villa are back in action on Saturday afternoon with another Premier League clash.

The Villans are on their travels again as Steven Gerrard’s side take on relegation-battling Burnley at Turf Moor.

Villa’s previous league outing saw them secure a 2-0 home win over Norwich City, sending the Canaries back to the Championship for next season.

The Midlands club now have another chance to not only try and take a step closer to the top half of the league table but also have another say in the current relegation scrap. As things stand, Burnley have 34 points on the board in 16th place, the same as Leeds United in 17th and two points ahead of Everton in the relegation zone.

Under the management of Mike Jackson since Sean Dyche’s exit last month, the Clarets are unbeaten in their previous four league games.

With that in mind, it could be a tough afternoon for Villa to try and put a roadblock on Burnley’s run of form as they try and secure their safety in the Premier League.

On the chalkboard

One man who didn’t start in the win over Norwich but ended up playing a big part that day and should be in Villa’s starting XI on this occasion is Danny Ings.

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After replacing Leon Bailey in the 40th minute, the Englishman not only set up Villa’s first goal of the day just a minute later, he also then doubled their lead in the closing stages.

Throughout his debut season at Villa Park, the former Burnley striker has scored six goals and provided six assists in 25 league games.

Hailed by his former Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a player who is “incredibly positive and full of energy”, Ings has taken 39 shots at goal the league this season, leaving only Ollie Watkins with more (67) among Gerrard’s squad.

Should Ings start against Burnley?

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He also has eight goal-creating actions to his name, the second-highest in the current Villa squad behind Emi Buendia.

Taking all this into account, the English marksman certainly has the means to be a strong attacking option for his side and potentially give his former club nightmares.

With all that in mind, starting Ings on this occasion could be Gerrard’s best bet of securing another win for the Villans.

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