Arminia Bielefeld vs Aston Villa: TV channel, free stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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Having snapped up John Terry following his release by Chelsea, Steve Bruce's men will be targeting promotion back to the Premier League

Aston Villa continue their pre-season with a fixture against German second division side Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday evening.

Steve Bruce's men were originally scheduled to take on Vitesse at a neutral stadium in Germany only for that game to be called off by the German FA.

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They will instead play 2. Bundesliga outfit Arminia at Heidewaldstadion, a small ground which is the home of fifth-tier side FC Gutersloh.

Game Arminia Bielefeld vs Aston Villa
Date Tuesday, July 25
Time 19:00 (local) / 18:00 BST

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Steve Bruce Aston Villa

In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television.

Aston Villa have been streaming their pre-season friendlies live on YouTube, but whether this match will be available to watch online is still to be confirmed. If it is, it will be available on their official channel.

UK TV channel Online stream
None YouTube (TBC)

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Aston Villa players
Goalkeepers Steer, Johnstone
Defenders Hutton, Terry, Chester, Taylor, Samba, Amavi, Bree, De Laet
Midfielders Elmohamady, Doyle-Hayes, Hourihane, Green, Bjarnason, Whelan, Lansbury, Grealish, Lansbury
Forwards O’Hare, Hogan, McKirdy, Agbonlahor, Davis

Villa are dealing with a lengthy pre-season injury list and are also looking to trim down a bloated squad substantially.

Nathan Baker, Jonathan Kodjia, Mark Bunn, Mile Jedinak, Albert Adomah and Nathan Baker are all currently sidelined and Micah Richards is unlikely to feature, having suffered an injury at the Cup of Traditions friendly competition last weekend.

The out-of-favour Jordan Veretout and Aly Cissokho look set to leave, and Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Tommy Elphick and Gary Gardner have all been left at home and could follow them out of the door, while Leandro Bacuna will return late after playing at the Gold Cup.

Steve Bruce does have new signings John Terry, Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady and Chris Samba to call upon, though, as well as a number of young players looking to stake their claim for a place in the first team.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Villa are 11/10 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Arminia priced at 9/5 and the draw available at 5/2.

Click here to visit dabblebet to see their full list of available markets and other pre-season odds.


GAME PREVIEW


Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa

After their first attempt at promotion back to the Premier League was sunk by a disastrous start to the season under Roberto Di Matteo, Aston Villa will make another attempt at a top-flight comeback with Steve Bruce at the helm.

Bruce has overseen a substantial remodelling of Villa's first-team squad and John Terry, though the most high profile, is not the only experienced head he has added to his ranks this summer. Chris Samba, Glenn Whelan and Ahmed Elmohamady will all be wearing claret and blue in 2017-18.

That quarter came cheap but they have also spent big over the past year on forwards Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan, though after scoring just three goals last season McCormack looks set to leave.

Bruce is an accomplished manager at this level and inspired a quick improvement last term, but an awful run of seven losses and a draw in eight games sunk any hopes of rising up the table into a play-off spot.

They followed that spell up, though, by winning seven of their next eight and with the ex-Hull City boss in charge and Terry marshalling the defence, it is hard to see them falling as low as last season's 13th-place finish this time around.

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