Hull vs. Aston Villa – Premier League
Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, February 10 – 19:45
Match Odds: Hull City 13/10 – Draw 21/10 – Aston Villa 23/10
The battle for Premier League survival is fiercer than ever this season, with at least seven clubs in a real scrap, including these two sides.
Hull picked up an unexpected point in their 1-1 draw away at Manchester City on Saturday having lost their previous three games without scoring, so that should give them hope as well as a slight confidence boost.
The Tigers will look to their next five games as the ones in which they need to accumulate points, as they’re set for a tricky nine-game run-in where they’ll face Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United along the way.
Hull City’s home record: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6
Aston Villa slumped to a fourth straight defeat against Chelsea and extended their run of games without a win to nine (D3, L6), although they did score a goal for the first time in seven matches.
Putting the ball in the back of the net has been a massive problem for Aston Villa this season, having scored just 12 times in 24 games, which is nine fewer goals than the next lowest scoring teams (Hull and Leicester – 21 goals). Only four of their goals have come away from home.
Aston Villa’s away record: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 2 – Lost 7
Hull are without injured players James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robert Snodgrass (knee). Meanwhile, Aston Villa are missing Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak (both leg).
We often hear the phrase, ‘it’s the games against the teams around you that will decide your fate’, and that couldn’t be more true in this instance, with just two points separating them and both are now desperately fighting for their lives.
Hull City’s last five: W/L/L/L/D
Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/L/L/L
Key Stat: Hull City haven’t beaten Aston Villa since 1987 and are without a Premier League win against them in 7 attempts (D1, L6).
Key Player: Carles Gil – The Spaniard has looked lively in the three games he’s played since joining from Valencia in January and could be the key for Villa.
Score Prediction: Hull City 1–1 Aston Villa – Both teams will be too desperate to avoid defeat.