Boro to face Villa in first pre-season friendly

Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough will play Aston Villa in their first pre-season friendly ahead of next season's campaign back in the Premier League.

Boro will travel to Villa Park on July 30 to face the home side, who were relegated last season for the first time since 1987. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm.

The club is expected to play at least three more games in pre-season, with those fixtures being announced in due course.