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Football Betting Tips: Aston Villa vs Hull City

Two of the favourites for promotion from the EFL Championship meet at Villa Park on Saturday evening with both teams looking to get off to a flying start in the 2017/18 season.

 

Sky Bet Championship – Aston Villa vs Hull City 05/06/17.

Kick off 17:30 GMT Villa Park

 

  • Aston Villa – Best Odds 21/20 (BetVictor)
  • Hull City – Best Odds 10/3 (Bet365)
  • Draw – Best Odds 5/2 (BetFair)

 

Aston Villa

One man has dominated Aston Villa’s pre-season and that is John Terry. The talismanic former England captain has joined the Villains from Chelsea and has been charged with leading them back to the promised land of the Premier League.

In Steve Bruce, Villa have an experienced manager at Championship level and their fans will be hoping with a full pre-season under his belt, he can progress from last year’s 13th place finish. Bruce has strengthened massively with the arrivals of Terry, Glenn Whelan (from Stoke), Ahmed Elmohamady (from Hull), Sam Johnstone (from Manchester United) and Christopher Samba (on a free transfer).

All of the players mentioned have vast amounts of experience in English football and this coupled with Villa’s young prospects like Jack Grealish and Jonathan Kodja could be the recipe for success in 2017/18.

Hull City

Relegation from the Premier League is not an unfamiliar feeling for Hull City fans and neither is uncertainty around the club and unfortunately for them, they appear to be stepping into a season of the unknown once again. Marco Silva’s best efforts to keep them up last season were in vein but landed him a job at Premier League Watford, meaning Leonid Slutski has been tasked with plotting their route back to the top division.

Big names have departed the KCOM stadium over the summer with Curtis Davies & Tom Huddlestone departing for Derby County, Harry Maguire & Eldin Jakupovic have left for a combined £13.5 million to Leicester City whilst Andrew Robertson has joined Liverpool for nearly £8 million.

Slutski has overseen the removal of the nucleus of the squad and began to replace the big name departures – Kevin Stewart has arrived from Liverpool and the prolific Frazier Campbell has joined from Crystal Palace – but he will be hoping he can continue to strengthen the team before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Head to Head

Aston Villa comfortably lead the head to head 18:6 with 7 competitive draws between the teams. Hull did manage to win the last meeting between the teams though with a 2-0 victory at the KC Stadium in the premier league back in February 2015.

Odds and Predictions

Early season games are always hard to judge but the effective looking recruitment coupled with the optimism around the club gives Aston Villa good reason to be favourites at 21/10 with Bet Victor. Hull could offer good value at 10/3 with Bet 365 whilst these two closely matched teams could well draw at 5/2 with Betfair. More Bookies you will find on this site.

The ‘Draw No Bet’ market offers a chance to back Aston Villa at odds of 2/5 or Hull at 21/10, with the security of not losing your money the game finishes as a draw. (http://www.online-betting.org)

The timing of this fixture in the season means it’s very hard to judge the approach both teams will adopt but Aston Villa will surely be looking to cash in on home advantage and take points off a promotion rival in the process. Villa to be leading at Half Time and Full Time is a tempting 5/2 with BetVictor and with their defensive reinforcements backing Villa to win to nil is 21/10 with UniBet could be a savvy bet.

Top Betting Tip

Our top betting tip for this match is for Aston Villa to keep a clean sheet at 11/8. Find here a Betfred Review from Online-Betting.org.

Betting Tip: Arsenal vs Leicester City

The Premier League kicks off on Friday night, with Arsenal hosting 2015/16 Champions Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal

Having defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway at home to Leicester City. New signing Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for the Gunners, however the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are major injury concerns for Arsene Wenger ahead of the match. The trio add to long term absentees including Santi Cazorla, Gabriel Paulista and Jack Wilshere, with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi looking to fill in in their absence. Having finished fifth in the Premier League standings at the end of last season, Wenger is under pressure to deliver this time around, with the Frenchman having signed a new two-year contract in North London. The Gunners will be hoping to transfer their pre-season form into the regular campaign, as they hunt a first top-flight title since 2004.

Leicester City

The 2015/16 Premier League champions finished in mid-table last time round, despite having once looked destined for relegation, with Craig Shakespeare having seemingly made vast improvements during his time in charge. A trip to the Emirates is certainly not the easiest of starts for the Foxes, especially with both Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater missing out through injury. As a result, new signings Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra look set to make their competitive debuts for the club. Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez is set to feature despite the fact that the Algerian is looking for a move away from the club.

Head to Head

Arsenal have not lost a Premier League encounter to Leicester City since back in 1994, with the Gunners having claimed four points off of the Foxes last season. Since losing to Leicester in the 2000 FA Cup, Arsenal have won eight of the 12 meetings between the two sides, drawing the remaining four. Leicester failed to score a single goal in the two Premier League fixtures last season, however they have certainly caused Arsenal problems in years gone by.

Betting Odds and Predictions

Given the fact that Arsenal have not lost a Premier League encounter with Leicester since 1994, backing the home side to either win or draw against Leicester on Friday night could well be worth backing, with Tipico offering best odds of 1/9 for this market.

Meanwhile, with the Gunners having kept two clean sheets against the Foxes last season too, backing them to repeat this trick on the opening day of the season is worth a look, with William Hill offering odds of 6/4 for them to shut Leicester out for 90 minutes.

Finally, given the attacking talent on display at the Emirates, many are predicting a goal fest on Friday night, with the likes of Lacazette and Jamie Vardy likely to be the main threats. As a result, backing both teams to score at odds of 4/6 is worth considering.

Top Betting Tip

Despite offering some great tips already, our top betting tip for the match is to back both teams to score and Arsenal to win, which can be found at best odds of 15/8 at Bet365.