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The Championship football season gets underway this weekend, with a list full of cracking matches, including this clash between Aston Villa and Hull. Villa are now in year two of their plan to get back into the Premier League, while Hull have just began their path after relegation this season.
I am not sure Hull are in the best position though, and I think they will be looking at what Aston Villa have done since they were relegated.
Aston Villa didn’t make too much of an effort to bounce straight back into the Premier League last season, instead they rebuilt with this year in mind. Villa will be looking to challenge this year and to be honest, so they should be doing with the money they are spending.
In comes John Terry to marshal the defence, a great signing for this level, and he looks like the perfect leader – something that was missing last season.
However, with Jonathan Kodjia and Jack Grealish both added to the injury list this week things aren’t ideal for Villa to begin with.
They do however, have a much deeper squad than last season, and players to call upon which will hopefully see them ok.
Hull are heading into the new season with many questions to answer, the main one surrounding their head coach Leonid Slutsky, who has never managed outside of Russia before.
The Championship is tough, and not the ideal place to learn your trade so it will be fascinating to see what he achieves this year.
Hull have lost a lot of players and are struggling with depth, they need to make more signings this summer, otherwise it is going to be a real struggle for them.
Aston Villa will be looking forward to starting this season and long term they have a plan to get back into the Premier League.
Hull on the other hand, are probably not looking forward to this, with many questions that need answering at the club, and a real concern over depth.
Villa have only conceded once in their six friendlies so far this season, and although we can’t read too much into it, Aston Villa to win to nil at 12/5 looks too big to pass up.