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Hull City vs Aston Villa - Match Preview

05 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Championship
ENGLAND: Championship

Hull City

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
06 August 2018

Aston Villa

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 06 August 2018

The opening weekend of the Championship season isn’t over yet with one more game to be played on Monday evening. It certainly hasn’t disappointed so far, Hull City’s clash with Aston Villa will hopefully follow suit.

STATS

  • On the back of Premier League relegation, Hull were abysmal last term as they finished 18th just six points above the bottom three. In the five friendlies during pre-season, they won one, drew two and lost two. The 4-1 loss to Sporting Braga was especially disappointing while a 2-2 draw with Newcastle provided a confidence booster. Their final match last week against Barnsley ended 1-1.
  • Aston Villa had a great second half of last season, managing to break into the play-off positions after an extremely slow start. They were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in the final so they’ve had to prepare for another campaign in the second tier. They won four of their six off-season fixtures with a 4-1 loss to West Ham being the only defeat. They beat Dinamo Dresden in their last friendly last Saturday.
  • Jarrod Bowen had a brilliant campaign in front of goal last season as he notched 14 league goals, more than any of his Hull team-mates.
  • Albert Adomah scored the most goals for Aston Villa in the Championship with 14, the same amount as Bowen.

HEAD TO HEAD

It was incredibly hard to split the two sides last season as both league fixtures ended in stalemate. The fixture at the KCOM Stadium in March finished goalless after the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in August, which was also on the opening weekend. You have to go back almost four years for the last time there was a game between Hull and Villa with over 2.5 goals.

HULL CITY NEWS

A win in their opening game would be perfect for Hull but it won’t be easy with the injury worries they are battling. Fraizer Campbell, Will Keane and James Weir look as though they’ll be fit while it’ll be touch and go with Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs.

Latest matches: Hull City

28.07.2018 Club Barnsley FC Hull City 1:1 D
24.07.2018 Club Hull City Newcastle United 2:2 D
21.07.2018 Club Rochdale FC Hull City 1:0 L
13.07.2018 Club Sporting Braga Hull City 4:1 L
10.07.2018 Club CS Maritimo Madeira Hull City 1:2 W

ASTON VILLA NEWS

With it being Villa’s second season in the Championship, they’ll want to get out at the end of this campaign. They have several injury problems of their own as Scott Hogan, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Callum O’Hare and Jordan Lyden all doubts ahead of the game.

Latest matches: Aston Villa

28.07.2018 Club Dynamo Dresden Aston Villa 1:2 W
25.07.2018 Club Aston Villa West Ham United 1:3 L
21.07.2018 Club Burton Albion Aston Villa 0:4 W
17.07.2018 Club Walsall FC Aston Villa 1:4 W
14.07.2018 Club Telford United Aston Villa 0:3 W

SUMMARY

Despite a clear gulf in quality between Hull and Aston Villa last year, this one is very tough to call especially with it coming right at the beginning of the season. It seems as though both teams will score with plenty of attacking talent on show which could mean it turns out to be a game full of goals. All things considered, Villa are slight favourites and will be disappointed with anything less than three points on Monday night.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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