Yes, the Premier League fixture is all over the place, thanks to British television requirements, but for fans it simply means more standalone games to watch.
During the COVID-induced lockdown, all Premier League games are being televised, which means massive changes to the fixture.
So this weekend will see the regularly scheduled Week 27 matches, but prior to that are a number of Week 29 games brought forward and even one from Week 33.
The bottom line is don’t get too confused, sit back and enjoy the football.
Relegation seems all but inevitable for United, who lost their 21st game last week to Liverpool. It was also the 14th time they’ve been kept scoreless. Villa won the first meeting 1-0, but interestingly have lost (2-0, 4-1) the last two times they’ve played at Bramall Lane.
Two teams coming off bad results in a tricky test at Turf Moor. Burnley were smacked 4-0 by Tottenham and are now just five points clear of the relegation zone, while Leicester were dumped by Arsenal 3-1, a loss that followed an ugly 2-0 Europa League defeat at the hands of Slavia Prague. Leicester won the previous meeting 4-2, but Burnley have won three of their last four home league matches against the Foxes.
Manchester United’s title run is pretty much shot, but they’re on a nine-game unbeaten streak and have kept clean sheets in three of their last four. Palace are coming off a 0-0 draw with Fulham, and although they won the previous fixture at Old Trafford in September by a 3-1 score, the Eagles will be without leading scorer Wilfried Zaha and haven’t beaten Man Utd at home since 1991.