Villa have 18 points, twice as many as Burnley. But Dyche doesn’t buy into the narrative that Villa are punching above their weight after just avoiding relegation last time.
He said: “I don’t think they are a surprise package. I think they have changed their shape and found a tighter way of playing.
“And they have invested vast amounts of money in the last couple of seasons.
“So I wouldn’t say they are a surprise, they have a good manager and a good team.”
Burnley drew 2-2 at Villa Park last season. But Dean Smith‘s men came out on top in the return, winning 2-1 at Turf Moor.