Will Steve Bruce be the Villan on his return to the KCOM?
Hull City’s 2018/19 Championship campaign kicks off on Monday night against Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa. Last season both games ended in a draw so hopefully the additions head coach Nigel Adkins has made to the City squad can make the difference.
The Tigers had an average preseason with one win, two draws and two losses. Villa fared much better with four wins and one loss although that isn’t always much to go off heading into the first competitive game of the season.
Adkins has some tough decisions to make with his potential lineup. Any two of Angus MacDonald, Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke could start at centre half with Ondrej Mazuch out injured. Other players returning are Kamil Grosicki and Jackson Irvine who could give Adkins another headache in selecting the team.
City will lineup in the 4-2-3-1 formation that they have played since Adkins was appointed. Steve Bruce may change things up having played with four at the back and three at the back formations over preseason, with the latter formation being familiar to City fans having frequently played that whilst Bruce was Tigers boss.
Unfortunately for The Tigers, Villa’s main man Jonathan Kodjia is back in contention and looks to be a real threat upfront although with Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis doubtful he seems to be their only first team striker available.
Tomorrow’s game is huge for both managers after the preseason both clubs have had. Aston Villa have seen massive changes due to Financial Fair Play and new ownership. For Adkins’ men it will be big test after 13 first team players exited the cub. Six have been brought in but the jury is still out on how they will fit in and where City will be come the end of the season.
Potential Starting XI:
GK: David Marshall
RB: Eric Lichaj
CB: Reece Burke
CB: Angus MacDonald
LB: Stephen Kingsley
CM: Markus Henriksen (C)
CM: Daniel Batty
RW: Jarrod Bowen
LW: David Milinkovic
ST: Nouha Dicko
Written by: Alex Green