Aston Villa vs Hull: Betting Preview
Aston Villa vs Hull betting tips. Two teams who were both recently in the Premier League, face off in a Championship season opener. Both will have aspirations of gaining promotion back to the top flight and will want to kick the new season off with a win. Infogol’s Analyst previews the game, using unique stats and data points to select the best bets.
Aston Villa were many people’s fancy for promotion last season, but a dreadful start led to an early managerial change and by that time they were too far back to mount a serious challenge. Steve Bruce was the man brought in, and he definitely improved the Villains throughout last season.
By the end of the campaign, they looked much more assured defensively and more of a threat going forward, with the likes of Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia leading the line. They were unlucky in the end not to finish higher in the table, as some of their performances deserved better results. Their process was good, creating plenty of chances, but they didn’t convert as many as would be expected. They will need to become more clinical if they are to challenge for promotion this time around.
On his own – Kodjia scored most of Villa’s goals last season
They already boast an embarrassment of riches in their playing squad, but Bruce has strengthened further with astute additions such as John Terry, Glen Whelan and Christopher Samba, all of whom bring plenty of experience to the party, while Ahmed Elmohamady is another shrewd signing who brings quality to the squad.
It has been all change at Hull City following their relegation from the Premier League, with a new manager and new players coming into the fold. They put up a fight last season which deserved respect, but it was a bridge too far and they deservedly came back down to the Championship.
Leonid Slutski is the man tasked with getting them back into the Premier League, and he has a good pedigree having won numerous titles with CSKA Moscow as well as managing Russia at Euro 2016. He has brought in players that haven’t plied their trade in the Championship before which could be a risk, so will have a sizeable job on his hands.
Slutski trying to rebuild Hull
More worryingly for Slutski and Hull fans are the departures of many key players, not only from last season but from their 2015/16 promotion season, with the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies, Elmohamady, Harry Maguire, Alex Bruce and Eldin Jakupovic to name a few. It’s anyone’s guess as to how they will do this season; they are expected to be competitive but promotion seems like a big ask.
There is an air of uncertainty surrounding Hull, with a huge squad turnaround and a new manager with new ideas, making it hard to know what to expect. Aston Villa were solid last season, and this is expected to continue with a narrow win.
Aston Villa to win @ Evs
Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13
Aston Villa to win 1-0 @ 11/2