All eyes will be on one man this evening as Aston Villa and Hull get their Championship seasons under way. Former Chelsea star and England defender signed for Villa during the summer and he will be given his Championship debut as Steve Bruce’s side take on ex Premier League outfit Hull City in the opening game of the new season from England’s second tier.
Its been a good start to Terry and his new Aston Villa career with the side conceding only once in their last six friendlies, so the arrival of the ex Chelsea man has really tightened things up at the back.
Aston Villa v Hull Tip – What to back
12/5 tip for Aston Villa vs Hull?
— Enhanced Odds (@EnhancedOdds) August 5, 2017
Aston Villa now have to do the talking on the pitch as the arrival of John Terry has seen Villa installed as favourites in the Championship markets.
Like many of the games taking place on the final day of the Championship season this Sunday, other than the fabled playoffs of course, this is another one where one the matches is of much greater significance for one team over the other.
What this one means? Who will win the Sky Bet Championship title.
Aston Villa vs Hull Team News
Brighton all but had it in the bag two games ago, with the Seagulls in pole position in the table and with a healthy lead.
With a seemingly insurmountable seven point lead over Newcastle United with just 3 games to go, in the eyes of most pundits, they’d go on to become champions with ease, but it hasn’t really worked out for Brighton in their last two matches.
Having failed to score in their past two games, the south coast side have suffered two defeats on the bounce to Norwich and Bristol City.
With Newcastle having won both their games over this period, the gap lies just now at a solitary point, and Brighton will have to win if they want to become champions, particularly with Newcastle expected to pick up the three points against Barnsley at St. James’s Park.
It is safe to say that Brighton will have a much more difficult task than Newcastle on the day, as Aston Villa have proved to be quite the force on home turf in recent weeks, having beaten the likes of Norwich, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.
However, Villa will certainly be less of a strength in this one as they are without top scorer Jonathan Kodjia, as well as Mile Jedinak remaining as a doubt for the match with an on going groin issue.
Without two of their best players, we can safely say that Brighton will be favourites going in to this one and their odds of 11/10 to take the victory look extremely appealing.
Despite their good home record, things just aren’t right at Villa this season, not helped with three losses in four games and Steve Bruce looking like he’d been in the centre of a training ground bust up at this weeks press conference.
That said, with six clean sheets won out of their last seven at Villa Park, the Villains are definitely a tough nut to crack at home and the 11/4 is sure to appeal to many but I just can’t back a side with so much inconsistency.
Chris Hughton has done a superb job at Brighton this season and I’m expecting his players to react and get that all important three points.
Get on the Brighton away win, and crown the new Championship title winners.
18+ Funded account required. Terms & Conditions Apply.