Big Match Breakdown: Hull City v Aston Villa
Odds and tips ahead of Championship clash
Neither Hull City nor Aston Villa have enjoyed promising transfer windows thus far. So both sides will be desperate for a lift in tonight’s Championship clash.
Steve Bruce’s Villans will still fancy themselves promotion contenders, while survival is the name of the game for Nigel Adkins’ Tigers.
And you can catch the action live from 7:45pm on Sky Sports Fooball. Ahead of kick-off at the KCOM Stadium, the Coral News Team have all the info in another Big Match Breakdown…
Villa have had the better of this fixture over history. The West Midlands giants have won seven of the previous 13 meetings, losing just once.
More recently, it’s been a closer contest. Three of the last six clashes have ended level, with the Tigers the most recent victors (with a 2-0 win in February 2015).
It’s tough to know what Hull’s starting XI will look like, following so many departures this summer. Chances are Daniel Batty and Jackson Irvine will sit deep in a 4-3-2-1 system, while new boy David Milinkovic could offer a threat on the left wing.
Villa set up in a 4-3-2-1 throughout last season, but Bruce has switched to a 3-5-2 during their recent pre-season games. That’s likely to be the order of the day, with an experienced defensive trio of Alan Hutton, James Chester and Mile Jedinak.
The Tigers’ attacking bite has been weakened by the loss of Abel Hernandez this summer. So the impetus could be on the nippy and tricky Milinkovic to unlock a Villa defence which is largely solid, but short on pace.
At the other end, it’s all about Villa winning the battle in the middle of the park. It’s likely to be crowded, with the visitors set to line up with five in midfield – so Jack Grealish’s skill and pinpoint passing could prove vital.
In the match betting, Villa are 6/4 favourites. Meanwhile, Coral’s odds make it 9/4 for another draw between the sides. And it’s 2/1 about a Hull victory.
Three of the last half-dozen meetings have ended 0-0 or 1-1, and it’s 14/5 for a Draw and Under 2.5 Goals. As for Correct Score: 1-1, that’s priced up at 5/1.
It’s likely to be a hard-fought affair, with defences on top. In the #YourCall market, one Coral customer has plucked for Mile Jedinak to win 4+ tackles, which is available at 27/20.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing