Paul Lambert and his Aston Villa side sit one point and one place below Hull in the Premier League table, but travel to the KC Stadium at the perfect time and should leapfrog Steve Bruce’s side with a win to nil, available at 4/1.
Villa are priced at 21/10 to win, while the hosts are given a 13/10 chance of picking up three points and the draw is rated at 11/5.
Villa have won more points on the road under Lambert than they have at home
Since Paul Lambert took over the reigns of Villa’s young squad last season, it has become clear that the claret and blue boys prefer life on the road under him.
Free from the pressure of forcing attacks at home, Villa took more points in games away from Villa Park than they did in front of their own fans last season.
That trend looks set to continue this term, with six points already garnered from their three away games, compared to one win from three at home.
The hosts haven’t scored a goal against Villa since 1987
It certainly helps Villa’s case that Hull’s goalscoring powers evaporate into thin air whenever they see the midlands club line up on the opposite side of the pitch.
Hull’s last goal against Villa came way back in 1987 and they’ve since gone seven consecutive games without rippling the net against the visitors. Villa are 4/1 to win to nil.
Hull are missing the scorer of half their league goals in Robbie Brady
If the Tigers already find scoring against Villa difficult, they stand almost no chance now that Brady has been ruled out for a month with a hernia.
Brady has been at the centre of everything good Hull have done this season, leading their scoring chart with three league goals and four in all competitions.
His absence will be sorely felt, a statement backed up by the fact that the side won four more games with him in the side than when he was missing last season.
Not only that, but the rest of the Humbersiders’ squad have only managed to score in two games in all competitions this term.