As MOMS predicted earlier in the week, Aston Villa will play a friendly at Villa Park before the restart of the Premier League.
The behind-closed-doors friendly will be against West Bromwich Albion this Saturday, a game that as well as lifting the team’s fitness levels will also test the stadium’s new biosecurity setup in light of the Covid-19 virus.
The match is to be reported to be more of a competitive training exercise with the Baggies understood to be bringing two teams worth of players, to potentially play two one-hour games at Villa Park.
With the usual local lower league teams that normally play preseason friendlies against Villa, now in their close seasons, a Championship opponent was always the most likely.
Slaven Bilic’s Albion are second from top in the Championship and will be looking to kickstart their own restart on the front foot in a bid to gain the promotion that eluded them last season, when Villa beat them in the Play-off semi-finals.
The West Midland’s match-up comes 11 days before Villa restart their season with a brace of games at Villa Park in swift succession.
Villa’s opening clash against Sheffield United at 6pm on Wednesday June 17th, will then be followed by Chelsea’s visit on the following Sunday at 4.15pm. Both games will be live on Sky.
Villa’s first four confirmed fixtures:
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Wednesday, June 17 (ko 6pm) – live on Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Sunday, June 21 (ko 4.15pm) – live on Sky Sports
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Wednesday, June 24 (ko 6pm) – live on BT Sport
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, June 27 (ko 12.30pm) – live on BT Sport