Aston Villa v Sheffield United reported to be first game back and will have unusual kickoff time
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Aston Villa v Sheffield United reported to be first game back and will have unusual kickoff time

The first Premier League game back as part of ‘Project Restart’ will be Aston Villa v Sheffield United.

According to the Telegraph, the match at Villa Park will be part of a double header for Sky Sports on Wednesday, June 17. It will then be followed by Manchester City v Arsenal.

These matches have been scheduled first as they are the ones in hand. Once concluded, all 20 teams in the English top flight will have played 29 times.

The reason these two games were originally postponed was because of City and Villa’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final.

Yet what is slightly strange for the Blades is the kickoff time.

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What time is Aston Villa v Sheffield United?

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In a slight deviation from usual midweek kickoff times, the fixture between Villa and United will begin at 6pm. City v Arsenal will take place shortly after its conclusion at 8pm.

This alteration is presumably to avoid a clash. As part of the new schedule, no matches are due to take place at the same time. It means that, technically, a fan could watch every single one of them.

They would of course need subscriptions to all of the Premier League broadcasters, however.

All of the 92 remaining fixtures will be available to watch somewhere. This is because they will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of those 92 games, 64 will be shown by Sky Sports. Yet in a slight change, 25 of them will be free-to-air for Sky customers. A further 20 will be broadcast by BT Sport, while Amazon have four.

The latter have also announced they will be showing their picks free-to-air for their customers.

Finally, four matches will be broadcast by the BBC. It will be the first time they – and terrestrial channels as a whole – will be showing live Premier League games since the division’s re-branding in 1992.

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