Hull v Aston Villa preview

Steve Bruce???s men stopped the rot with a draw at champions Manchester City but it is at the KC Stadium where the problems have come this season.

The Tigers have claimed just nine points from their 11 games so far and have won just two of their last 13 matches in front of their own fans.

They will try to improve that record against a Aston Villa side, who have won nine of their last 10 matches against Hull.

However, Paul Lambert???s side???s form is just as bad as that of their opponents at the moment.

Villa are without a win in nine Premier League matches and are on a run of four successive defeats as they prepare for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Strikers Dame N’Doye and Nikica Jelavic are both in contention to start as Hull look to build on their Etihad Stadium heroics.

New boy N’Doye played the last 14 minutes against the champions, having joined up with the Tigers squad on the morning of the game, while Jelavic sat out due to continuing concerns over his recovery from a knee injury.

Influential midfielder Mohamed Diame is moving closer to full fitness after his long-term knee problem, but will not be ready to face Villa.

Christian Benteke could return for Villa after he was benched for Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea.

The striker has scored just three times this season and manager Paul Lambert dropped him after his run of poor form.

Philippe Senderos (calf) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain Villa’s only absentees after Ron Vlaar returned to the Villa squad at the weekend following a knee problem.

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