Burnley travel to Birmingham still in search of their first away win of the campaign, but with virtually a full squad to choose from.

Leon Cort should be available after being injured in the 3-0 defeat at Fulham before a break for the FA Cup, while Graham Alexander and Chris McCann are both back in contention.

That could mean several changes for Brian Laws’ side, with both midfielders expected to come straight into the side if they are fit.

Kevin McDonald would be likely to be the man to make way with Andre Bikey retaining his place in midfield.

Laws may choose to ty something different after failing to get close to getting a result on the road since he took charge of the club last month.

Aston Villa are boosted by the return of Gabby Agbonlahor, although Emile Heskey may miss out. That will make Martin O’Neill’s team selection simple, with the quick young striker replacing the target man elder statesman of the side.

Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, another two talented England forwards, will be the wingers with James Milner, now a certainty to go to the World Cup after an outstanding season, continuing in midfield alongside Stilyan Petrov.

Fabian Delph, another young England starlet at the club, will be on the bench.

Villa’s regular defence of Carlos Cuellar, Richard Dunne, James Collins and Stephen Warnock, backed by goalkeeper Brad Friedel, has conceded the least goals in the Premier League this season, although Villa have struggled at the other end of the pitch of late.

However, they are unbeaten this year and have reached the final of the Carling Cup, where they will face Manchester United at Wembley.

Burnley will know a positive result on the road is necessary at some point to give them a chance of survival. The Clarets simply cannot rely on their still solid home form to gain them the five wins they need to ensure survival.

But, with Villa playing well and Agbonlahor providing a boost to the scoring ranks, predicting anything other than a comfortable home win is impossible and the debate is more about how many Villa will win by, rather than the result.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-0 Burnley.

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