Dates revealed for Villa's NextGen Series group stage fixtures
The club's stars of the future are set to kick off the new campaign with the opening Group 4 clash against Portuguese giants Sporting at Villa Park next Wednesday [August 15 - ko 7pm].
It is the first of six matches the Young Lions will play in the group stages of the prestigious European U19 competition.
Villa will then play their first away game against PSV at the Dutch team's De Herdgang training complex on Wednesday August 29, before Celtic are the visitors to Villa Park on Wednesday September 19 [7pm].
The return fixture against the Glasgow side takes place on Wednesday October 24, with the venue and kick-off time to be confirmed.
The boys in claret and blue host PSV in their final home game at Villa Park on Wednesday November 7.
Then a mouth-watering clash at Lisbon's Alvalade Stadium awaits Villa in their final Group 4 encounter on Wednesday November 28.
Villa enjoyed an impressive run in the inaugural NextGen Series last season, topping a group featuring Ajax, Rosenborg and Fenerbahce before suffering an agonising extra-time defeat to Marseille in the quarter-finals.
After a successful debut campaign, the NextGen Series has expanded from 16 to 24 teams with more of the continent's elite clubs signing up to take part.
Chelsea and Arsenal are among the new participants, increasing the number of English sides to six. German champions Borussia Dortmind will also join the competition along with French side Paris Saint-Germain, Russia's CSKA Moscow, Anderlecht of Belgium, Greek club Olympiacos and Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao.
Another change from last year's line-up sees Italian giants Juventus replace Swiss club Basel.
Stay tuned to AVFC.co.uk for ticket news on Villa's NextGen Series games.
Villa's NextGen Series fixtures:
Wed Aug 15 - Sporting Lisbon - H - Villa Park - 7pm
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