Hull v Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 6th August
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Hull City vs Aston Villa and provides us with his best bets for Monday night’s Championship clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Hull City vs Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 06/08/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: KCOM Stadium
Aston Villa’s season may have ended in heart-break last season with the Play-Off final defeat, but their pre-season form will fill them with confidence that they can compete at the top again this season.
Their off-field issues and financial situation threatened to de-rail them completely but that seems to have been stabilised and they have somehow managed to hold on to key players, including Jack Grealish, Jonathan Kodja and James Chester.
Their opponents, Hull City, have signed three Chelsea loanees this summer, all in defensive positions, and all will be expected to start here tomorrow night. Their pre-season has not been brilliant, with just one win from five. They have scored just six goals in those games and conceded nine. They have struggled to score goals and main striker, Frazier Campbell, managed just one goal, which came in the first pre-season win against Maritimo.
Villa, on the other hand, won four of their six pre-season fixtures, scoring 15 goals and conceding six. Conor Hourihane and Andre Green were their stand out performers, both scoring four times each. Green has come through the Villa academy and youth sides and now looks like being given a real chance with the first team this season and he has proved in the summer that he can cut it.
Looking at the game itself, Hull are made slight favourites with the bookies at 7/4, with the draw at 23/10 and Villa at 9/5. Based on individual quality, Villa look good value here and their pre-season form will have given them the confidence to get their season off to the best possible start. With Hull signing an all-new back four, it could take some time for them to gel and with the likes of Green and Kodja up-front for Villa, this could be a real difficult evening for them.
Villa have managed to hold onto their players who were vital for them last season and their side is still packed full of experience. They have scored plenty of goals through the summer and given Hull have leaked quite a few, you would not want to oppose Villa here. They have a stronger side on paper, with quality in key positions and an extremely experienced, International, defence.
Hull’s home games towards the end of the season were low scoring, with eight of their last 12 games at the KCOM seeing under 2.5 goals. In addition, eight of Villa’s last 12 away games also saw under 2.5 goals, so take the fact this is an opening game for both sides, neither will want to lose, so a low scoring game could be on the cards at 4/5.
Steve Bruce is expected to stick with the back three he has been using during pre-season with James Chester, Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak the preferred three.
Richie De Laet has played most of pre-season but is suspended here following a red card at the end of last season out on loan.
Keinan Davies, Scott Hogan and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are all injured and will miss out here.
Hull City have no injury concerns but are expected to name all four summer defensive signings in an all-new back four.
Potential Hull City Starting XI: Long; Lichaj, Burke, Wijs, Kane; Irvine, Henriksen; Grosicki, Evandro, Bowen; Campbell
Potential Aston Villa Starting XI: Steer; Hutton, Chester, Jedinak; Mohamady, Hourihane, Bjarnason, Adomah; Grealish; Green, Kodja
Key Stats & Facts
- 8 of Hull’s last 12 home games have seen under 2.5 goals.
- 8 of Villa’s last 12 away games have seen under 2.5 goals.
- Villa have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six games against Hull away from home.
- Villa are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 against Hull in all competitions.
- Hull City – 7/4
- Draw – 23/10
- Aston Villa – 9/5
Villa, on paper, should have enough quality on the pitch to win here, against a Hull side that struggled for form last season. They have again struggled in the attacking department during the summer and their lack of transfer activity in that area could again make it difficult for them to compete. They will be playing a back four who will not have played with each other more than a handful of times and against a strong Villa attack, they could find it tough to keep them out. Villa have three very experienced defenders in Jedinak, Chester and Hutton, flanked by the pacy wingers in Mohamady and Adomah. Unlikely to be a game full of goals but Steve Bruce’s side should have enough to get their season off to the right start.