When the Premier League returned earlier this month, Aston Villa versus Sheffield United was the first of all 92 remaining fixtures to be broadcast live on TV to the nation.
Fast forward two weeks, and Villa are yet to win a game since project restart was initiated. However, due to the amended broadcasting scheduling and streaming rights that came into effect before the season restarted, Villa fans across the country have been able to watch their team from the comfort of their own home in every game so far.
For many who would usually be roaring the team forward from all four stands at Villa Park, the opportunity to stream every game live from the safety of their own home is at least better than not watching the games at all. Although, recent performances may excuse this point…
Previously avillafan.com published a guide about where you can watch the first set of televised Villa games, and once more, the Premier League has released the details about where to find the latest block of games stretching until mid-July.
Below are the details of Villa’s next five televised games.
Aston Villa Versus Manchester United
Thursday 9th July
20:15 – Sky Sports
Four days on from their trip to Liverpool, Villa face another ‘big 6’ opponent, this time in the form of Manchester United.
Villa scoring two goals seems almost unthinkable in their current situation however, the first outing against the red devils earlier this season ended in a captivating 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
For this evening game, Villa fans will be hoping that their talisman, Jack Grealish, will be able to replicate some of the form he showed in the reverse fixture in early December. A goal and a win against a club who many are reporting to be his future employers would almost certainly help Villa climb away from the depths of the drop zone.
Aston Villa Versus Crystal Palace
Sunday 12th July
14:15 – Sky Sports
Perhaps one of the most controversial incidents of the season, Villa were denied a goal in the closing stages of the match at Selhurst Park by the referee in the first meeting between these two sides early in the season. Kevin Friend perceived Jack Grealish tripping over as simulation, and therefore blew his whistle as Henri Lansbury netted what would have been his first Premier League Goal for the club.
There will no doubt still be vengeance in the air as Villa look to take three points up against a side playing for a mid-table finish this year.
Everton Versus Aston Villa
Thursday 16th July
18:00 – Sky Sports
One of Villa’s best performances this season came against the toffees in the reverse fixture at Villa Park.
Whilst he’ll be missing this fixture, Wesley scored his first goal for the villans that night and with goals seemingly scarce from the striking department at the moment, supporters will be hoping the #9s performance from that game in late August will be reciprocated by one of the current line-leaders.
Although for a period of time this season the blue half of Merseyside were deemed in a relegation battle, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has transformed their campaign as they now hunt for a spot in the top half.
Everton have only lost at home three times in the league this season; the last time they lost at Goodison was in November against Norwich City.
Aston Villa Versus Arsenal
Tuesday 21st July
20:15 – Sky Sports
The final home game of the season for the lions, Villa face one of this season’s biggest under performers, in Arsenal.
Coming into this fixture, the gunners previous three games will have been, against local rivals Tottenham, and then against the top two in the league.
Even the most ardent Arsenal fans will find it difficult to picture their side on European exploits next season as it already becomes increasingly unlikely that they will earn a spot on the continent for next season.
Combined with the fact that several of the North Londoners first team players have already been linked with summer moves away, with nothing to play for, Arteta may deliver valuable game time to some of his squads’ young talents. Against a supposedly weaker team, Villa will attempt to capitalise and keep the trio of points in the midlands.