It’s the first day of the rest of their lives. The path that Aston Villa take this season will be laid out on the foundations of the next 90 minutes. No, nothing is defined on the back of a single result, but you can do yourself a lot of favours by taking three points in a football match!
Villa travel up to Hull to kick their season off and yeah - based on what we have come to understand from the Championship, every point matters - so a win really would be nice.
Hull haven’t had a great time as late, losing key players here, failing to make signings there, holding protests against the ownership. It’s like a black mirror of Aston Villa. Villa have a lot more to be happier about, even if they lose their best player. Morale should be good and we should all be expecting a win and/or a positive performance.
What’s more, we’re bringing back the open thread to a single post - this one - for the time being. It seems to better serve the community with a single, all-containing, post. Get your comments in below and let’s get talking.
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Phew. We’re here. Kick-off commences soon, and you can find out how to watch Hull City vs Aston Villa below.
TV and Streaming
Location: KCOM Stadium, Kingston-upon-Hull, England
Kick-off time: 19.45 pm UK, 14.45 pm Eastern, 11.45 am Pacific
Weather: It’s really quite hot in Hull. 27C.
Open Match Thread: Join in the comments below! Predictions welcome.
Available TV: Sky Sports Football in the UK & Ireland, BeIn Sports 2 in Aus.
Available video streaming: AVTV for International PLUS members, ESPN+ for Villans in the US, NOWTV and SKY GO in the UK, BeIN Sports Connect in Aus.
Other listings are available from livesoccertv.com.
Available radio: BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).
Twitter: You can find our live updates @7500toHolte, and we’d also recommend @VillaReport for updates as well.
Holtecast: James Rushton and Daniel Raza previewed Aston Villa’s new season on the latest Holtecast
Injuries + Suspensions
Aston Villa will miss Ritchie De Laet to suspension for a couple of games after he picked up a major ban during his time in Belgium last season. Keinan Davis is a doubt, while Scott Hogan and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are out.
Hull seem to have no major worries when it comes to this, which is some small relief for those lost.
Aston Villa squad
Team news: Our first line-up of the @SkyBetChamp season, to take on @HullCity... #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/QHjcPJe906— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 6, 2018
Here's your Hull City line-up to take on @AVFCOfficial this evening...— Hull City (@HullCity) August 6, 2018
Four competitive Hull City debuts this evening with Lichaj, Burke, de Wijs and Kane all earning starting places. #hcafc | #theTigers pic.twitter.com/Q6DrZLh0bs