Midweek summons the long-awaited return of the Premier League following its three-month hiatus. We preview the contest kicking off the resumption as relegation destined Aston Villa host Europa League challengers Sheffield United.
Who is playing?
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchday 30
What time is Aston Villa vs Sheffield United?
18:00 GMT, Wednesday 17th June 2020
Where do Aston Villa play?
Villa Park, Birmingham
Where can I watch Aston Villa vs Sheffield United?
Sky Sports Main Event/ Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
Rewind to over a year ago following the Championship play-off final and it was confirmed that both Aston Villa and Sheffield United would return to the Promised Land of the Premier League for 2019/20 season. Fast forward to now and the juxtaposition between the two clubs makes it uneasy to contemplate that both these clubs came up together considering that eighteen points and twelve positions separate the two.
Five months have passed since the reverse fixture in which the Blades were victorious 2-0, and Villa will hope to avenge said result this Wednesday: the beauty of the pause in proceedings means that for both teams all form goes out of the window heading into this game and is rather a question of who can come out the blocks the quickest, yet the aims and objectives of the season for the respective sides will overbear profoundly and prominently.
Dean Smith’s men destined to drop?
The humongous outlay on player acquisitions amounting to over £140milllion during this season buttresses the bitterness of their bleak bearings in the table: second bottom, ahead only of their promoted counterparts Norwich, with twenty-five points. The Midlands side have won just 25% of their fixtures scoring 1.21 goals per match, whilst also boasting the worst defensive record in the League, conceding the most in the division (56), two goals per game.
Having won only one of their last five games, a 2-1 victory against Watford at the end of January, Villa will hope Captain Jack (Grealish) can once again save the day and add to his impressive tally of seven goals and six assists.
Blades battling for Europe
Sheffield United have been nothing short of excellent in their first Premier League campaign since the 2006/07 season, with their adventurous three at the back formation with their overlapping centre-backs bearing much more than fruitful. The Blades have the second best defensive record in the League, behind only the champions elect, conceding twenty-five. They emphasise their sturdiness and stubbornness in keeping the ball out of the net through their average number of total goals per match 1.96, the lowest of all teams in the division.
Having only lost twice on the road, a statistic that sounds even better when realising those defeats came to Liverpool and Manchester City, Wilder will hope none of their rigidity and bravery has been lost during the break as a win on Wednesday will take his men to fifth in the table on 46 points, ahead of Manchester United, Wolves, and Tottenham.
Aston Villa recent matches:
- Leicester City (a) 4-0 defeat
- Southampton (a) 2-0 defeat
- Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-3 defeat
- AFC Bournemouth (a) 2-1 defeat
- Watford (h) 2-1 win
Sheffield United recent matches:
- Norwich City (h) 1-0 win
- Reading (a) 2-1 win
- Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 1-1 draw
- AFC Bournemouth (h) 2-1 win
- Crystal Palace (a) 0-1 win
Aston Villa top scorers:
- Jack Grealish (Midfielder) – 7 Premier League goals
- Wesley Moares (Striker) – 5 Premier League goals
Sheffield United top scorers:
- John Fleck (Midfielder) – 5 Premier League goals
- Lys Mousset (Striker) – 5 Premier League goals
|14th December 2019||SHU 2-0 AVL||Premier League|
|8th February 2019||AVL 3-3 SHU||Championship|
|1st September 2018||SHU 4-1 AVL||Championship|
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