–Dawson set for debut
Michael Dawson will make his debut for Hull City at Aston Villa today. The former Tottenham skipper, who completed his long-awaited transfer this week, will slot straight in for James Chester, who is suspended following his dismissal against Stoke City last Sunday.
Steve Bruce has no fresh injury concerns and will look to utilise his squad once again following the Europa League disappointment on Thursday, when he made six changes from the side that secured a battling point against the Potters.
Although he played the full 90 minutes on Thursday evening, Curtis Davies is sure to line up against his former club today.
Nikica Jelavic is nailed on to lead the line, with Tom Ince favourite to start alongside him. Yannick Sagbo, available for selection having served his two-game domestic ban, and Sone Aluko, are likely to drop to the bench.
Stephen Quinn will be given an opportunity to continue his impressive start to the season in midfield.
Aston Villa have two worrying injury concerns at the back as they look to preserve their tight-knit defence against the Tigers.
Captain Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho are struggling with knee and ankle problems respectively, and missed Villa’s Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Leyton Orient in midweek.
However, the pair are hoping to pull through to make tomorrow’s Premier League clash.
Should they not make it, Nathan Baker will fit in at centre-half and Kieran Richardson will replace the Frenchman.
Aston Villa home
–A. Villa have scored first in 25% of their last 20 home games.
–A. Villa have scored first in 5 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 3, draw 1 and lose 1 of these matches.
–A. Villa have conceded the first goal in 60% of their last 20 home games.
Hull City away
–Hull have scored first in 25% of their last 20 away games.
–Hull have scored first in 5 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 3, draw 2 and lose 0 of these matches.
–Hull have conceded the first goal in 75% of their last 20 away games.