The Premier League is back! Project re-start gets going on Wednesday night as Champions League-chasing Sheffield United travel to league strugglers Aston Villa.
Villa suffered four defeats in a row prior to the league being called off, leaving them second bottom of the table. However, they have put in some gutsy performances and could climb out of the relegation zone with a win.
The Blades have an agenda of their own, pushing for a European spot. This could be a very entertaining encounter.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-Off Time: 18.00 BST
Referee in charge: Michael Oliver
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be live on Sky Sports. It’s also available to Sky Sports subscribers online or via the Sky Go app.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – The Form Guide
With only one league win in five, Villa are 19th in the table. In saying that – they are only four points behind Brighton in 15th. If they win this game, they close that gap to a single point. It is one of the closest relegation battles in recent memory with six teams sweating over their safety.
Of the bottom six, only West Ham have scored more than Villa (34 v 35), but the Villans hold the worst defensive record. They have let in a whopping 56 goals which average almost two a game. This is where they really need to tighten up.
On the visiting bench, Sheffield have no such issue at the back. They have gained a reputation for being tight at the back with only Liverpool conceding fewer goals (21 v 25).
The Blades have won 11 matches, the same number as Spurs and only one less than Manchester United. Their reward is 7th place in the table and they are genuine contenders for a European finish on their return to the Premier League.
What is the Team News?
Due to the break in the season, many players are coming back from injury. Villa will have Scotland midfielder John McGinn back in the side after a lengthy lay-off and he could make a huge difference.
Striker Wesley remains out for Dean Smith as does keeper Tom Heaton.
Chris Wilder has no injury concerns heading into this one, but with only a couple of weeks of training, it will be interesting to see how fit key players are.
Aston Villa: Reina, Targett, Mings, Engles, Guilbert, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Grealish, El Ghazi, Samatta
Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstam, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, Sharp
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Latest Odds*
The high-flying Blades are available at 6/5 (2.2) with Paddy Power. Which actually seems like a decent price. Villa have more at stake so if they can pull it together at the back, then 23/10 (3.3) could also offer value if you want to back them.
Paddy Power have the draw at 9/4 (3.25). These sides have played out two draws In their last five meetings, so it’s certainly not unrealistic.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Score Prediction
United won the reverse fixture of this match courtesy of a John Fleck double. It was a routine win in which Villa rarely threatened. Wilder’s side have been growing in confidence as the season has gone on and have won three of their last five.
The Blades will be searching for all three points here and will at least be expecting to score.
Villa can find the net but keeping theirs empty is an issue. Because of that, we think the home side will score and concede.
Our correct score prediction is 1-1 at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Tip
All the pressure is on Villa in this match. This is a game in hand that could change the course of their season. A win will see them rise out of the drop zone, while a defeat leaves them in serious trouble.
Jack Grealish is so often the player that Villa have relied on this season, and because of that, we think he will find the net.
*Odds correct at time of writing
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time does the Aston Villa vs Sheffield United match kick-off?
A: 18.00 BST 17/06
Q: What position at Sheffield United in the league?
Q: Is Aston Villa vs Sheffield United free to air?
A: No. Although Sky are showing a selection of matches for free, this is not one of them.