Villa showed signs of improvement in the game against Chelsea last weekend, but what the side needs is a much needed win and three points to help them as they look to push clear of the relegation places.
It’s a difficult period for Paul Lambert but one he can get through if he shows the willingness to take a risk.
The risk he should arguably take this evening is to ensure that he has a key trio of attacking players in the team in the form of Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.
Agbonlahor was preferred to Benteke for the match against Chelsea but there’s a good argument to having all three in the side.
They should be able to balance themselves out in attack effectively.
Weimann provides control on the ball and some creative intelligence, Benteke provides some bullish power and a real presence and Agbonlahor is one of the quickest players in the Premier League.
It’s a risk to play all three this evening because Hull are on a high after drawing against Manchester City.
The gut reaction for Lambert could be to pack the midfield to ensure the Tigers don’t overpower his team over the course of 90 minutes.
However, he could go on the attack looking for valuable goals, trusting the defence to sharpen up and show more resilience than they have done in their last two games.
It’s a gamble, which Hull may not be expecting and one which could pay off if the boss can find a system which accommodates all three.