While Villa, like City, were in ruthless form in front of goal, the Clarets also posed their own problems and were cut open far too easily.
To their credit, the hosts improved ten-fold at the start of the second period and quickly pulled a goal back through Lyle Foster, who netted the club’s first goal of the season.
But Villa produced another devastating counter to restore their two-goal lead and make it 3-1 when Mo Diaby drilled home.
Here’s how Burnley’s players rated:
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Matty Cash of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on August 27, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images) Photo: Lewis Storey
2. James Trafford - 5/10
Will be disappointed to concede three for the second game running but the scoreline could have been even heavier if it wasn’t for some of his stops. Photo: Lewis Storey
3. Connor Roberts - 6/10
Started on the right before switching over to the left in the second-half. Delivered the cross that led to Lyle Foster’s goal back. Photo: Lewis Storey
4. Dara O'Shea - 6/10
Didn’t notice him a great deal. Produced one timely block when a Villa substitute raced through on goal. Photo: Nathan Stirk