Hull City v Aston Villa, five players under the spotlight

Hull City welcome Aston Villa to the KC Stadium this weekend with both sides looking to continue a feel-good factor around their respective clubs.

Odds: Hull 7/5, Draw 12/5, Aston Villa 23/10

Both sides are on a real high at the moment with Hull City making a very good start to the season by picking up ten points from their first six games leaving them in 8th, whilst Aston Villa are only a place and a point behind after winning two games on the bounce. Their last win came against Manchester City at Villa Park last Saturday where they managed to come from behind twice to win the game.

On the injury front, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood should be able to feature along with Andreas Weimann who picked up a slight knock against Manchester City, but they will have to cope without Christian Benteke who isn’t expected to return until after the international break.

Hull have no further injury worries from last time out, with Robert Koren still a notable absentee for the Tigers.

Here are five players who could have a major effect on the game this weekend:

See also: Benteke at the heart of club v country row

See also: Which side has the best wingers in the Premier League?

Robbie Brady

He is the man that seems to be doing OK from the penalty spot for Hull City so far this season, but Brady puts in a lot of solid performances and doesn’t do a lot wrong. If you want to watch a solid performance it is usually worth keeping an eye on him.

Andreas Weimann

There aren’t many quicker players in the league than Weimann. Having scored a big winner for Villa last time out, what effect will he have on the game at the KC Stadium? He might not have as much room to get in and behind like he did with Manchester City, as Hull’s defensive line will operate deeper than last week’s opponents.

Fabian Delph

He’s developing into a capable midfielder, comfortable with the ball at his feet with an eye for a defence-splitting pass. How much of an effect will he have on this game?

Sone Aluko

There is just something about this player that makes it hard not to watch him. He’s wriggly, quick and can make something out of nothing, therefore he is always a threat and someone who the Villa defence will have to be incredibly wary of.

Curtis Davies

Villa may be without Benteke up front but Villa still possess quite a lot of attacking threat, and Curtis Davies will have a big task on his hands with the rest of the Hull defence against his former club. He will need to be at his best.

Last time they met

Hull 0-2 Aston Villa – Premier League, April 2010

Both sides had very different ambitions as Aston Villa were pushing for a place in the Champions League, whilst Hull were scrapping to avoid relegation. Unfortunately for the hosts this result pushed them closer to the trap door as they lay in 18th and three points adrift from the safety zone after goals from Gabby Agbonlahor and a James Milner penalty gave Villa victory, leaving them three points behind fourth placed Tottenham.

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