Aston Villa v Hull City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 01, 2017
Saturday 5 August – Villa Park – Championship
Aston Villa start their bid for a Premier League return at home, as they welcome Hull City to Villa Park on the opening day of the season. The Tigers were relegated from the top flight last time round, while this is Villa’s second season in the Championship.
Hull have only beaten Aston Villa once in their last 12 attempts. This came in the last meeting in February 2015, a season where Villa ended up finishing 17th and Hull 18th. A lot’s changed since even that fixture, but the Tigers are looking for their first win at Villa Park for 40 years.
The big news for Villa fans is that new captain John Terry will make his competitive debut for the club. The ex-Chelsea man was cleared of any wrongdoing by the FA, after his contrived substitution in the 26th minute of his final appearance at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Jack Grealish is out for at least two months after having an operation on a kidney.
New Hull boss Leonid Slutsky meanwhile will be without the likes of Ryan Mason, Greg Luer and Will Keane. Another former Manchester United striker, Frazier Campbell, is in line to make his second debut for the club, while Chelsea loanees Michael Hector and Ola Aina could feature.
Aston Villa v Hull City Preview and Predictions
It’s been an eventful summer at both of these clubs, as each side bids to make the notoriously difficult journey to the Premier League. Steve Bruce has had his first summer transfer window in charge of Aston Villa, while Slutsky took up the reigns at the KCOM Stadium in early June.
Bruce has certainly been active in the transfer market, making headlines with his capture of Terry. Further experience has been added in the form of Glenn Whelan, Christopher Samba and Ahmed Elmohamady, who’ll make his Villa debut against his former team. Promising Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has joined on loan, and he’ll benefit from the likes of Terry and Samba.
Hull meanwhile have to deal with the loss of a number of important players. Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire have all left, as well as Elmohamady. You feel that the Tigers’ season will depend on 29-year-old Campbell’s ability to score on a regular basis.
The hosts start as favourites for this opening fixture, priced at 11/10 in the betting. The draw’s available at 12/5, while you can back Hull at 10/3.
John Terry to score and Villa to win at 14/1
It’d be typical of Terry to score on his debut wouldn’t it? The defender’s never far away from a headline, and could write a great one as Villa’s new leader.
Aston Villa to win the first corner at 4/6
Spurred on by their home fans on the opening day of the campaign, Villa are favourites for the first corner.