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30/03/2018 at 18:17


PREVIEW: Hull City v Aston Villa

It is perhaps a mark of how far our club has fallen, when casting a wistful eye at the away bench this Saturday tea-time for the televised clash with Aston Villa. Steve Bruce has slowly but surely turned the claret and blue juggernaut around, to place the Villains in play-off contention this season. Meanwhile, the Tigers meekly attempt to stave off a second successive relegation. And we all know who's fault that is, don't we? 

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Bruce is back

City fans, once again incensed by the Allams words and actions before yet another crucial game, will be protesting once more on the telly. This time, placards will be handed out pre-match to fans, allowing all attending to express their disgust at how chronically bad the club are, at trying to implement a simple concessions plan for kids, seniors and the disabled. A task too complex for the business genius running our club.

Manager Nigel Adkins has done some moderate restoration work of his own on a much smaller scale for the hosts, as the Tigers enter the match with just one home defeat in their last 10 matches. However, changes are likely, after the sublime to ridiculous given our last two away games, that ended with a 0-3 win at Ipswich, followed by a 3-0 defeat at Birmingham City. Fraizer Campbell and Jon Toral are hoping to be the main beneficiaries of any expected changes.

Steve Bruce will get a decent reception upon his return from the fans, for sure. Aston Villa are handily placed in the play-offs and look a fair bet to clinch promotion via Wembley, if history is anything to go by. Yet, it will come as no surprise to City fans, that Bruce's side are going through the annual collywobbles across the Easter period - it's incredible, how that keeps happening for Steve Bruce. Jonathan Kodjia is likely to make the squad to boost attacking options after an ankle injury has previously kept him out for 11 months. 

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