The bookmakers don’t really think much of Hull City’s chances of climbing back into the Premier League at the end of 2018/19 but we believe that this is something of an oversight given the Tigers’ recent great form. Nigel Adkins has steered his men out of the relegation zone and to within four points of the play-off places thanks to an excellent run of form which has seen them win seven of their last eight league outings with the other game ending all-square. This streak culminated in a convincing 3-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday last time out and this evidence suggests that they will extend their winning run to seven games on the bounce when they travel to the West Midlands on Saturday afternoon.
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The Tigers are priced as high as 20/1 to climb back into the top-flight at the end of the season whether they achieve it by automatic promotion or via the play-off places. Given their recent form both at home and away, we wouldn’t be shocked were they to eventually climb into the top-two in the Championship although they would need to overcome an eleven-point gap between themselves and second-placed Sheffield United for that to become a reality. More realistically the Tigers will be looking for a play-off berth and a win at Villa Park would send them a step closer to that aim.
Aston Villa’s chances of finishing the season in the top-six were dealt a blow when they were thumped 3-0 at Wigan Athletic last time out and this extended their winless run across all competitions to four games. The Villans sit just a single point below Hull as things stand but momentum is certainly not sending them in the direction in which they wish to be going at this crucial stage of the campaign.
Villa Boss Dean Smith desperately needs to arrest this slide down the Championship table as soon as possible and as such this is a bad time for his side to be facing a Tigers outfit which are enjoying some tremendous form right now. This will almost certainly prove to be a tough test for the visitors but Aston Villa have failed to register a single win in their last five outings at Villa Park and we don’t envisage them coming off best when they take to the pitch on Saturday afternoon, William Hill Bookmakers going 14/5 on Hull City to win.