Aston Villa vs Burnley Prediction, 12/17/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Aston Villa vs Burnley
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Aston Villa (-105) Burnley (+275)
Villa Park is the venue where Jack Grealish and Aston Villa (6-0-4, 10th in the EPL) will take on Burnley (2-3-6, 17th in the EPL) on Thursday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa and Nick Pope for Burnley. Aston Villa are at -105 while the Clarets are priced at +275. The total has been set at 2.5.
Aston Villa faced Wolverhampton in their last game and walked away with a win by a score of 1-0. Aston Villa tried 14 dribbles in this match and converted 8 of those dribbles for a percentage of 57.1%. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 74.3% passes received rate by connecting on 286 of the 385 passing targets last game. In terms of shooting accuracy, Aston Villa walked away from the pitch at a 9.1% rate by putting 1 SoT out of 11 total shots. Aston Villa averages 2.00 g/90 (20 total goals) and have tallied 17 assists In all contests for the year.
Jack Grealish is a player who should impact this matchup for Aston Villa. He has totaled 30 assists while accumulating 35 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Grealish has been in the starting lineup in 164 contests so far in his career and he has earned 0.20 G/90. The forward representing England has totaled 33 goals scored in 15,074 minutes played. One more player who could decide who wins is Ollie Watkins, the forward who represents England. Watkins has been on the field for 16,822 minutes in 185 starting assignments and has earned himself 26 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times in his career while scoring 72 total goals. He scores 0.39 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Aston Villa will be Emiliano Martinez. Martinez (30-18-31 mark in his career) has accounted for 26 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 32.9% shutout rate. The keeper from Argentina has faced 362 shots tried at him in 79 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.29 (103 total goals surrendered) and his save % is .727. Martinez has played for 7,159 mins and has tallied 260 stops in his career.
The last time they took the field, Burnley earned three points by winning 1-0 against Arsenal. They finished this game by converting 242 out of their 324 attempted passes earning a percentage of 74.7%. Burnley ended the game with a 54.5% successful dribble percentage by completing 6 out of the 11 dribbles they attempted. Burnley had 2 shots attempted out of the team's 10 shots attempted which had them at a 20.0% clip when they last took the field. Having a total of 5 goals and 2 assists in all their matches, Burnley is averaging 0.45 goals and 0.18 assists per 90.
Chris Wood will be counted on for Burnley. He sports an average of 0.46 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 270 matches in his career. The forward from New Zealand has played 24,026 mins while earning 123 goals. He has accounted for 9 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 32 times. Be sure to watch out for Ashley Westwood, the midfielder who is from England. Westwood has earned himself a total of 55 yellow card cautions in 31,368 mins played (353 starts). His G/90 average during his career is 0.07. He has earned 24 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 43 different times.
Nick Pope will reside in front of the net for Burnley. So far in his career, Pope has conceded 182 goals and has earned 543 saves in 171 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.06 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 65-52-55. He has a save % of .757 and his clean sheet rate is 40.9%. Pope has accumulated 70 shutouts while defending 717 shots against him in 15,489 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Burnley (+275)
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