After seeing his side crash out of the Capital One Cup, defeated by lower league opposition once again, Paul Lambert is, perhaps belatedly, turning his attention to the Villans’ abysmal home form. In the absence of Benteke and Kozak, the question of who will score the necessary goals remains a pertinent one, especially as the boys in claret and blue have only had one shot on target in two Premier League games now. Lambert has stated that he has faith in Bent so some will expect to see Villa’s record signing starting while others would prefer to see Weimann, scorer of Villa’s only goal this season to date, in the striker’s position. The manager will also be hoping that his new look defence remains solid as the Villans aim to start a season with three shut-outs for the first time since 1900.

Having finished one point and one place behind Lambert’s Villa side last season, Steve Bruce’s Hull one is level on points with Lambert’s Villa one after the first two games. Having failed to make the Europa League group stages, losing on away goals to Belgian team Lokeren on Thursday night, Bruce, like his counterpart, will turn his attention to the Premier League in the hope of a higher finish this season.

Those of a claret and blue persuasion will be hopeful that the Tigers’ recent exertions, playing with ten men for seventy-five minutes last weekend against Stoke then battling, in vain, to reach the Europa League group stages, will have taken their toll.

 

TEAM NEWS:

Libor Kozak (broken leg) and Christian Benteke (Achilles) remain absent through injury.

Jores Okore will not be risked today due to a knee injury but is expected to return after the international break.

Aly Cissokho and Ron Vlaar are expected to be available for selection once again following minor injuries last weekend.

Bruce’s new signing Michael Dawson is expected to feature as a direct replacement for the suspended James Chester.

The Hull manager has no fresh injury concerns to contend with.

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UP:

Guzan

Cissokho Vlaar Senderos Hutton

Westwood Sanchez Delph

Richardson Weimann

Bent

 

MATCH INFORMATION:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Venue: Villa Park

Kick-off time: 1.30p.m.

Tickets: Tickets are available, priced from £25 – 42 for adult. Please note that away fans will also be able to purchase tickets, priced at £25, from Villa Park today.

Last meeting: May 2014 – Aston Villa 3 – Hull City 1

 

PREDICTIONS:

Mark Lawrenson: 1-0

Paul Merson: 1-1

AnneMc: 1-0

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