Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Friday October 4 2013
Hull City welcome Aston Villa to the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon and will look to record a third straight win ahead of the forthcoming international break.
City sit eighth in the league, one place above Aston Villa following victories over Newcastle United and West Ham United whilst Villa themselves have recorded some impressive results, most recently winning 3-2 against Manchester City after twice coming back from behind.
Hull City Team News
City`s troubles with injury continued this week as Robbie Brady was the latest first-team player to be ruled out, the Irishman forced to undergo surgery to resolve a hernia injury. City`s top scorer with four so far this season, Brady was originally ruled out for four weeks but City are hopeful the forward could return in time to face Everton.
In defence, Abdoulaye Faye is likely to continue in the absence of James Chester while either Stephen Quinn or George Boyd will replace the absent Brady; Quinn expected to get the nod having started at Newcastle.
Aston Villa Team News
Gabriel Agbonhalor and Ashley Westwood could both come into contention after returning from injury but star striker Christian Benteke remains an absentee despite being in contention to play for his country next week.
Brad Guzan spent 16 games on loan at Hull City during two separate emergency loan spells and returned to Villa to become their number one keeper.
City have an awful recent record against Aston Villa, failing to win in any of the last eight meetings whilst City`s last goal in any meetings between the two sides came in August of 1987.
The two sides last met in the league during the 2009/10 season, Aston Villa winning both 2-0 and 3-0 at the KC and Villa Park respectively.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referee`s: S. Beck and S.Child
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver
Facts and Statistics
City`s record against Villa is awful, losing their last eight in succession and often without scoring a goal. The last four have seen Villa take all the points with City failing to score on any occasion.
This season, the two sides have the lowest possession percentage in the league so far and whilst City have been strong at home so far, Villa are the third best side on the road.
Aston Villa can be consistent and after picking up positive results earlier this season, they have all too often produced a disappointing performance the week after. Whilst the victory over Manchester City showed Villa possess the quality to be a threat, City have showed great resilience so far this season, especially at home where they have picked up seven points from nine, conceding just once.
Hull City 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Date:Friday October 4 2013
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