Kick-off: 1945, 06/08/2018
Stadium: KCOM Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa have been boosted by attracting new investors and can transfer that feelgood factor to the field of play when visiting Hull on Monday night.
Steve Bruce steered the Midlands outfit to the Championship play-off final last term and has been given a vote of confidence to go one better this season.
He can start out by beating his former club and 7/4 for an away win is our first Hull vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Hull City’s Betting Odds
Hull lost a whole host of key players when relegated from the Premier League a couple of seasons ago and struggled to adapt to life at this level, ending up in 18th place.
More high-earners have moved on this summer, even if West Ham defender Reece Burke, goalkeeper George Long and full-back Eric Lichaj are solid additions.
Nigel Adkins will be hoping young forward Jarrod Bowen continues to go the right way after hitting 14 goals last term, but £8million midfielder Kevin Stewart has been a big disappointment.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
After finishing fourth last season, Villa edged out Middlesbrough in the play-offs before going down narrowly to Fulham at Wembley.
Financial issues looked set to wreak havoc on the club this summer, but billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have stepped in to save the day.
John Terry has still departed and Jack Grealish is expected to follow him out of the exit door, but Bruce retains a talented squad, especially if Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan can stay injury-free up front.
Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane believes going so close to promotion will spur his side on.
“There’s a lot of lads still here from last year,” he told BBC WM. “The disappointment will drive us forward again.
“We’ve got to go for promotion. We’re by far the biggest club in the Championship and we’ll be giving everything to achieve that. We need to regroup and start showing we can win games.”
We’re completing our Hull vs Aston Villa betting tips by taking 10/1 for a 2-1 away win.
Brentford 1-1 HULL – Jarrod Bowen
ASTON VILLA 0-1 Fulham
Head-to-head: Hull 0-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-1 Hull
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