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The Premier League returns this week and football starved supporters across the globe are counting down the hours until the 2019/20 kicks back into gear after its prolonged three-month absence.
England’s top-flight resumes with a double-header of fascinating fixtures on Wednesday when Aston Villa take on Sheffield United in the evening’s first act before Manchester City meet Arsenal in the day’s climactic contest.
Below, we’ve listed information about where you can watch Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures on TV and via stream, as well as predicted lineups for the matches and the latest betting odds.
Remember – we’ll be covering all the top-level English football fixtures in detail on our Premier League predictions page.
Premier League on TV and live stream
Every single Premier League fixture between now and the end of the season will be available to watch on TV, with Sky Sports, BT Sport and the BBC screening their share of English top-tier action, while many of the division’s games will also be available to watch via Amazon’s streaming service. You can find details of Wednesday’s Premier League TV listings below.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
TV – 18:00 – Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Read our expert’s Aston Villa vs Sheffield United predictions for exclusive betting tips and their detailed match preview.
Manchester City vs Arsenal
TV – 20:15 – Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Check out our extensive match preview for more Manchester City vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips.
Premier League fixture kick off times
For the rest of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, fixtures will be kicking off at different times across the week as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6pm, 8pm/8.15pm
Friday: 6pm, 8pm
Saturday: 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 7.45pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4:15pm, 4:30pm, 7pm
Aston Villa team news and injuries
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be handed a major double boost when marauding midfielder Johnn McGinn returns after six-month on the sidelines, and the influential Scottish international is in line to feature from the start against the Blades.
At the top end of the pitch, January signing Aly Samatta should reprise his role as the most central attacker with Brazilian forward Wesley still absent, with Villa cult hero Jack Grealish and tricky winger Anwar El Ghazi joining him in the final third.
At centre-half, Tyrone Mings should be partnered with Bjorn Engels, while Pepe Reina, who made a couple of mistakes in games directly before the postponement, could be replaced between the sticks by Orjan Nyland.
Sheffield United team news and injuries
Blades boss Chris Wilder reported no fresh injury worries in his pre-match press conference on Monday, which means the Sheffield United chief has a full complement of players to pick from ahead of the club’s first game back.
With Dean Henderson retained on loan from Man Utd, the England hopeful should start in goal at Villa Park, with tried and tested defensive trio Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell certain to feature ahead of him.
In midfield, the team picks itself with John Lundstrum, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck likely to start, though Chris Wilder faces something of a selection dilemma up front, with David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp all competing against each other for two places.
Manchester City team news and injuries
Long-term injury absentee Leroy Sane is available for selection again, though the German international winger could start from the bench against the Gunners.
Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan are all vying for the two central attacking midfielder positions in Guardiola’s team, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will go head-to-head for a position at the sharp end of the Citizens’ attack.
Veteran Brazilian Fernandinho could still be held back in defence with dependable alternatives thin on the ground, though Aymeric Laporte’s availability in the same area is hugely encouraging however.
Read more about some of the Premier League stars returning from injury for the run in here.
Arsenal team news and injuries
Injured Arsenal pair Callum Chambers and Lucas Torreira are back in training and will offer Mikel Arteta more options ahead of his reunion with his old club.
On-loan right back Cedric Soares could finally feature for the Gunners for the first time – a full six months after his temporary switch from Southampton.
Arteta also has decisions to make further up the pitch in terms of personnel and tactical shape, with Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all competing for a probable three spots in a congested area.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United latest odds
Aston Villa win: 11/5
Sheffield United win: 5/4
Manchester City vs Arsenal latest odds
Manchester City win: 3/10
Arsenal win: 17/2
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