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Aston Villa can secure safety with a win over Hull City, but unfortunately that requires a win. Stranger things have happened?

Julian Finney

We're almost done, everybody. The end of another season is right around the corner, and for the fourth straight year Villa fans will be happy to see the back of it. That's not really a position that anyone would consider acceptable, but it's the position in which we find ourselves, so here we are.

The rooting interests are pretty clear; we're pulling for Manchester United, Stoke, Chelsea, and Arsenal. This is what it's come to, eh? It's not a particularly comfortable situation for any of us, but reality is a pretty horrendous mistress and the most important thing is safety.

Safety can be all but guaranteed with a win, and it's not like Hull are world-beaters. In factg, they're a pretty mediocre Premier League side that would likely be fighting the drop in any other Premier League season. But this isn't any other Premier League season; this is a Premier League season that features an abnormally large number of very bad sides, and somehow Villa are worse than Hull and this match is still important.

Think about that.  Villa are worse than Hull. Hull. This season is the worst.

Lineups:

Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark; Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Betrand; Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Subs from: Holt, El Ahmadi, Bowery, Bacuna, Steer, Sylla, Robinson.

Hull: Harper; Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Livermore Huddlestone, Meyler, Rosenior; Long, Jelavic.

Subs from: Jakupovic, Fryatt, Bruce, Quinn, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo