Hull vs Aston Villa: Bruce's men to tame Tigers
Hull vs Aston Villa Match Preview and Predictions
[All odds correct at time of publication]
When is it? Monday 13th August
What time is kick-off? 19:45
Where is it being played? KCOM Stadium
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event
Who is the referee? Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)
Aston Villa will hope to put a turbulent summer behind them by making a positive start against Hull in their Championship opener.
After staving off the immediate threat of administration by paying a large chunk of a £4million bill to HMRC, businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55 per cent majority shareholding and confirmed Steve Bruce would remain as manager.
Hull finished 18th last season and have lost a host of experienced players on free transfers as funds continue to be in short supply for manager Nigel Adkins.
Hull vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available.
Villa owner Tony Xia spent the summer searching for fresh investment to plug a reported £40million deficit after Villa failed to win promotion back to the Premier League last season.
But as Sawiris and Edens bought a majority stake in the club, rumours circulated they were set to remove Bruce from the hot-seat and replace him with Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry.
Following a meeting with Bruce, however, it was confirmed the 57-year-old would be staying in charge while the expected player sale has also not materialised.
Villa won 10 games on their travels last season but nine of their 11 defeats also came away from Villa Park.
Last year's meetings both ended in draws, with the fixture at the KCOM Stadium finishing goalless, while Villa have failed to score on their previous three visits to this ground.
Hull's home form kept them in the division, taking 29 of their 49 points there, while 16 draws overall also demonstrated they can be a tough team to beat.
But with the clouds disappearing over Villa Park, we are taking the advantage of the odds boost by backing Bruce's side to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 3/1.
First goalscorer tips
After missing the majority of the last campaign through injury, Andre Green is desperate to make up for lost time and has certainly began doing that having been an impressive performer during pre-season, netting a consolation against West Ham before a double downed Dynamo Dresden. A product of the Villa academy, the 20-year-old attacker may now be rewarded with a start and 13/2 he opens the scoring has caught our attention.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Albert Adomah was a regular in the Aston Villa line-up last season, starting 34 games, and chipped in with 14 league goals as they missed out on promotion following a play-off defeat to Fulham. The former Middlesbrough winger has pace to burn and can take advantage of any gaps in the Hull rearguard. He has not scored since March but did start last season well and 23/10 he nets at anytime is too good to ignore in our book.
Where the game will be won or lost
Retaining playmaker Jack Grealish seemed unlikely after news of the club's financial position was revealed but they have so far managed to fend off any interest.
Whether that is still the case come the end of the transfer window remains to be seen but he is someone who Villa will again be pinning their hopes on.
Villa will need to perform much better on the road if they are to mount another promotion push, a 4-0 success at Ipswich the only victory in their last five league matches last term.
They did then win 1-0 at Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-final before being blanked in their second leg and the final itself at Wembley.
Hull failed to win any of their final four matches, which included a 5-5 draw at Bristol City, while they have lost a raft of experienced players this summer.
That could prove to be the Tigers' downfall as after being held at half-time, which is priced at evens, Villa should get stronger in the second half and a 2-0 correct score at 14/1 rounds off our Hull vs Aston Villa predictions.
David Milinkovic, Reece Burke and Eric Lichaj are in line to make their debuts for a Hull team that lost most of their experienced players throughout the summer.
Villa boss Bruce looks to have held on to midfielder Grealish for now but with Tottenham circling, his future remains up in the air. Bruce added Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Andre Moreira to his ranks earlier this week and he is expected to provide competition for Jed Steer.