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Villa v Burnley stat pack: Why Delph deserves Terrace Trophy


Villa round off their Barclays Premier League campaign with a return to B6 - and WhoScored.com preview this afternoon's clash with Sean Dyche's Burnley.

The Clarets are playing for pride having been relegated a fortnight ago but Tim Sherwood knows that the visitors will be ready to put up a fight today.

Burnley have picked up four points from their last two matches and registered clean sheets in both games in an attempt to end an ultimately unsuccessful campaign in the top-flight on a high.

Villa, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after a bitterly disappointing result and performance last weekend as they aim to rebuild confidence ahead of the FA Cup final.

The Villans have picked up seven points from a possible nine at home, including back-to-back victories, and will want to send the fans home on a high before next weekend's trip to Wembley.

It's the hosts this week that have the better record when the two have come to blows in recent meetings.

Villa have won three and drawn two of their last five encounters with Burnley and will be confident of keeping back-to-back clean sheets at Villa Park against a Clarets side that have scored just one in eight.

If Villa are to return to winning ways after the poor showing at Southampton they will need their star players to be on song and, for the second season running, Fabian Delph has proven to be a leading light.

The Villa skipper was voted as the club's player of the season this week and has picked up the Terrace Trophy in back-to-back campaigns.

Delph

WhoScored.com look at the England international's stats that prove he has once again been a bright spark for Villa in 2014-15.

In terms of highlights for the campaign it's certainly fitting that Delph's efforts in the FA Cup have helped guide Villa to the final.

The 25-year old may not have netted in the league this season but goals in both the quarter-final against West Brom and semi-final against Liverpool have been decisive to the club's successful cup campaign.

The former Leeds midfielder has certainly ended the term in fine form - coming out of the game at St Mary's with some credit from a personal perspective, along with a WhoScored rating of 7.18 - directly contributing to four goals in his last seven appearances.

The captain has certainly seen his attacking stats rise in the current campaign, averaging more shots (1.4 from 1.1), more key passes (1.2 from 0.8) and more dribbles (2.1 from 1.7) per game than last time around.

While his passing stats have also improved, averaging 58.4 per game at an 85.1% accuracy, it's his ability to beat an opponent that has perhaps been most impressive.

Indeed, of all players to complete at least 50 dribbles this season, no player has a better success rate in the entire Premier League than the Villa man (82.4%).

It's little surprise that he's picked up a statistical strength of 'dribbling' according to WhoScored.com in turn, and a rating of 7.04 over the course of the season has been on the rise since the turn of the year.

Delph has certainly faced stiff competition for the Terrace Trophy from the likes of top scorer Christian Benteke (13 goals) and WhoScored.com's top-rated Villa player Ciaran Clark (7.13) but his exploits in the middle of the park have been imperative to Villa's survival bid.

If they are to end on a high against Burnley this weekend, Sherwood will expect more of the same from his midfield general.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings. You can follow all the scores, statistics, live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app.

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