Villa has the strongest squad of the two teams and ended significantly higher than Hull last season. Hull is at home with good support in season openings, but is hit by a narrow and injured squad.
Aston Villa has clearly the strongest squad of the two teams – especially after Hull has sold more bearing players and loan players are gone.
Hull has had a hard preseason when he started training with just 14 players due to a really thin squad.
In the 26 matches Adkins was at the head of Hull last season, only 7 wins were won – With a stronger squad than now.
Hull ended as number 18 in the last season season – Aston Villa number 4.
Aston Villa has managed to hold on to their most important players from last season.
Hull has many important doubts and injuries that weaken both their defense and their offensive.
Villa has had a good preseason, where the bearers have come in shape and where you have gained self-confidence with great results.
Hull starts the season here at home and can get a good backing as fans have enjoyed themselves.
Aston Villa may be hit by self-esteem following the missed promotion last season in the crucial playoff match.
Villas offensive star Grealish is highly sought after by Premier League clubs and may be sold before the match.
Adkins and Hull scored 0-0 at home against Villa at the end of last season.
At the leading, licensed bookmaker, you opened 2.11 for the game here, but has since dropped to 1.99. Also, in pure numbers, the number has fallen – from 2.91 to 2.82 now.
Jordy De Wijs (newly-bought, defensive defender) had to be eliminated from the last training match with injury, and is doubtful about the show here.
Reece Burke (newly bought, regular defender) also had to be out of the same match with an injury. He is also doubtful about the show.
Will Keane and Frazier Campbell (both regular attackers) are out injured and, for the same reason, were not included in the latest training match. That means Dicko (who just netted 4 times in 29 appearances last season) is the only real attacker the club has available. Keane is expected to be ready for the show as it is a concussion that keeps him out, but he has missed important training matches that make him unable to get 100% fit for seasonality.
Jackson Irvine (regular midfielder and team’s best defender last season) is also out of sickness, so even though he is expected to be ready for a match, he is also not completely match fit.
With the two regular defenders perhaps out, MacDonald is expected to take over the seat. However, he himself admitted he is far from matchfit yet, so it seems to be a bad replacement for the team – but the only thing that’s up to it.
Kodjia (who is the offensive star but who was injured most of last season) sat in the last training match with a minor injury, but is reported ready for the show against Hull.
Offensive players Hogan, Davis and Hepburn-Murphy are all doubtful about the show, but with the other offensive players like Adomah, Grealish and Kodjia ready, it’s not a big weakening. Hogan in front could have been used, and it may also be he gets ready.
Expected startups Hull v Aston Villa
Hull: Long – Lichaj, MacDonald, Wise, Kane – Irvine, Henriksen – Grosicki, Evandro, Bowen – Dicko / Keane
Aston Villa: Steer – Hutton, Chester, Jedinak – Mohamady, Hourihane, Bjarnason, Adomah – Grealish – Kodjia, Hogan / Green
Our Prediction: Hull to WIN