After being on the verge of upsetting Premier League Champions Manchester City, Hull City host fellow struggler’s Aston Villa on Tuesday. With 2 points and 2 spots separating them, the contest could in many ways play a crucial role in the on-going relegation battle. While Aston Villa have been poor over the last 2 months, they put up an impressive performance against Premier League leaders Chelsea and would be keen to build on that.
Hull City is expected to field the same team as the one they fielded against Chelsea. While the club is expectant of having midfield dynamo Diame (Knee) back before the end of February, Chester (Shoulder) and Rosenoir (Hamstring) are only set to return in April. Midfielder Snodgrass (Knee) too is still recovering from his long term injury.
After struggling for most of the season due to injuries and suspensions, Aston Villa finally have most of their first team players available. The injury table at the club is currently occupied by Senderos (calf) and Kozak (Broken Leg), both of whom are still making recoveries from their long term injuries. The club is experiencing fears of the drop from Premier League at the moment, and manager Lambert will be hopeful of finding his best 11 soon to avoid having to play in the Championship.
Guzan, Okore, Clark, Hutton, Cissokho, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Gil, Weimann, Agbonlahor
McGregor, Bruce, McShane, Dawson, Meyler, Huddlestone, Brady, Livermore, Ramirez, Elmohamady, Aluko
- Aston Villa’s goal drought of 659 minutes is the fourth worst goalless run in the league’s history.
- The last victory for Hull over Villa came in the 1987-88 season.
The former Spurs midfielder will be crucial to Hull’s fortunes in this game. The midfielder has been the constant midfield general of this team and his combative skills aided by his skills would come handy in a tie that could turn out to be scrappy. The 25 year old midfielder has shown ability to break play and threaten the opposition’s play on the ground as well as in the air. He will need to keep the Villa attack, which comprises of Benteke, Agbonlahor, Gil and Dekph, occupied time and again to negate their threat.
The excitement that surrounded the mention of Fabian Delph at the beginning of the season has since mellowed down. The Englishman has impressed time and again in a Villa team that can be described as mediocre at the best. Often seen weaving patterns around the opposition with his pace and trickery, Delph could prove to be a handful for struggling Villa as he will look to connect with his burly attackers Agbonlahor and Benteke. He will look to run the show from the start and should Hull let him dominate proceedings, they might be in for some music.
|2014/2015||Sun 31 Aug||Aston Villa||2 – 1||Hull City||Premier League|
|2013/2014||Sat 03 May||Aston Villa||3 – 1||Hull City||Premier League|
|Sat 05 Oct||Hull City||0 – 0||Aston Villa||Premier League|
Both the teams are in a spot of bother and this could make this an interesting tie as both the teams will be looking to get a positive result at KC Stadium. We expect them to play out a 2-2 draw.