FT: Hull City 0 Aston Villa 0

Game over at the KC Stadium. Shared spoils and it could prove to a valuable point come the end of the season but both sides will have hoped to be taking more home today, you expect.

90+4
Foul throw from Luna gifts the ball back to Hull and Paul Lambert walks away in disgust.

90+3
Free kick for Hull which Huddlestone whips towards the back post, where Curtis Davies heads down but wide.

90+2
Villa break forward with Luna but his ball across the face of goal goes begging as none of his teammates attack the searching ball.

90+1
Long throw from Huddlestone fails to find his teammates in the Villa box as they fourth official indicates four added minutes.

90
El Ahmadi takes a strike from just outside the Hull box but fails to trouble McGregor.

89
Final stages here and if there is going to be a goal, you expect it will be a scrappy affair here as both sides lack the necessary class.

88
Another corner for the visitors and Villa throw men forward in numbers. Hull manage to clear before Kozak impedes Rosenior, gifting the Tigers a chance to regroup and launch a late attack.

87
Villa come forward with Luna, who has been much quieter in this second half, and win a corner. Bucuna's cross heads low towards the front post and is easily cleared.

86
Elmohamady's time is up after a poor display of crossing. David Meyler is on for the closing stages.

85
El Ahmadi pumps a low cross towards Weimann in the Hull box but Davies is on hand to head clear again.

84
Yet another poor ball from Elmohamady allows Villa to clear their lines once again and launch the counter attack. George Boyd takes Delph to give Hull a chance to regroup.

83
An excellent long ball from Rosenior finds Elmohamady on the right and another cross is wasted by the Hull midfielder.

82
Villa take route one in search of Kozak up front but Hull clear with ease.

81
Hull regain possession with a throw-in and aerial exchanges follow between the tiring sides.

80
Villa seem to be settling for the point here as they sit back and concentrate on closing the door.

79
Fabian Delph wriggles his way through the Hull defence and wins a corner for Villa. Clark's header goes well over the bar.

78
Villa are taking control of possession once again in their own half. Will we see a winner here? It is there for the taking.

77
Kozak is off the field once again to get his head bandaged as blood continues to spill from that clash with Curtis Davies.

76
A double substitution from Paul Lambert this time as Ashley Westwood and Gabriel Agbonlahor are replaced by Jordan Bowery and Aleksandar Tonev.

75
Huddlestone sends a searching ball into the box from a free-kick and the Villa defence scramble the ball away.

74
Kozak is patched up and back in action. Takes a little more time to get Davies' head strapped up. The Hull centre-back is playing with a Terry Butcher-esque headband for the second time this season.

73
A clash of heads between Davies and Kozak for the second time this afternoon. Both players shed blood and require attention.

72
Sagbo is straight in on the action as Hull attack before the ball is sent cross-field to Elmohamady, whose shot sails to the right.

71
It's a double switch from Steve Bruce. Stephen Quinn and Sone Aluko withdrawn as the Tigers boss introduces his two most attacking options in George Boyd and Yannick Sagbo.

70
Villa striding forward once again with some great invention from Weimann before El Ahmadi's shot comes much closer to the target but still no trouble for McGregor.

69
El Ahmadi makes an ambitious effort on goal from half way into the Hull half and the Tigers rebuild from the back.

68
Villa look to go forward but are broke down on the edge of the box. It is all down the central channel for Villa, no width as yet for the visitors.

67
Villa send a searching ball into the box and Ciaran Clark has the opportunity to attack it, but it goes wide of the post.

66
Free kick to Villa on the half way line after a couple of Hull throw ins are wasted.

65
George Boyd is warming up on the sidelines for Hull. Expect changes from both managers shortly.

64
Aluko opts to go short this time and the ball is sent towards Huddlestone, who can do little but poke towards Guzan.

63
Throw-in just outside the Villa box for Hull and the hosts win another corner. Can they make this one count?

62
Two corners in quick succession for Hull. Quinn with the first which was headed behind by Kozak before a poor Aluko cross was cleared at the front post.

61
Hull on the break once again and it's that man Elmohamady who strikes for goal once again. The Tigers get a corner as the ball ricochets off the back of Luna.

60
Huddlestone looks to find Aluko with a long ball, but Villa retrieve and begin to build from the back once again.

59
Villa win a free-kick on the half-way line and opt to pass along the line rather than seek Agbonlahor and Kozak.

58
Graham is off down the right and finds Elmohamady but the cross is deflected into the hands of Guzan off Delph's leg.

57
Hull have a free-kick on the right and the ball is hit low towards goal but causes little problems for the Villa defence, easily cleared.

56
Hull press forward but the long ball option is being cut off by Villa. Bruce may need to reassess his options here.

55
Villa clear and break up-field with Bacuna. Some great pace from the defender before Weimann lays the ball across to Agbonlahor, whose curling effort is just wide of the post. Best chance of the game so far.

54
Throw-in a good position for Hull, who play the ball across the centre of the park before lofting towards Graham.

53
Hull send the ball long but to no avail as Villa get the ball into touch.

52
Aluko regain possession and gives the ball to Elmohamady but Villa get men behind the ball and clear with relative ease.

51
Hull certainly look the livelier of the two sides after the break as Elmohamady reaches the edge of the box and shots well wide. Ambitious from the midfielder.

50
Steve Bruce is urging his men to push forward and Stephen Quinn makes a break before being caught by the Villa offside trap.

49
Villa put some passes together and settle after a very quick start from Hull.

48
It's another searching cross from Elmohamady, who is enjoying a clear run down the right wing, but it is too close to Guzan.

47
Elmohamady is released down the right and provides an excellent cross into the Villa box but Vlaar is on hand to clear.

46
No changes in personnel at the break as Hull restart in lively fashion.

The players are emerging from the tunnel...

The half-time entertainment on Humberside, as usual, sees grown men racing around the field with giant footballs to the Benny Hill theme tune.

Little change in the betting odds after that first half. Where would you place your money? Villa slightly ahead at 3/1 with Hull 15/8 and the draw 11/10 on.

Both sides are without their top scorers this afternoon. Christian Benteke sidelined with a hip injury for Aston Villa and Robbie Brady unfit after a hernia operation. Is there a goal-scorer on the field? Let me know your predictions for the second half by Tweeting me: @BH92 or email me direct on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.

Goalless at the break here at the KC Stadium. Both sides had their chances. Villa's best fell to Agbonlahor, whose left-footed strike was palmed away by McGregor; while Huddlestone's late effort forced Guzan into action for the first time.

45+2
Elmohamady fires the cross into the box but the ball is deflected away. Only as far as Huddlestone however, who strikes hard at Guzan but the Villa keeper manages to keep a hold of the ball.

45+1
Hull steal the ball off Villa on the half-way line and look to make a break with Elmohamady down the right hand side.

45
Villa waste the subsequent free kick and the pace dies as both sides await the half-time whistle from Clattenburg. Just the two added minutes to play.

44
Curtis Davies in the book for an ill-timed tackle. No arguments from the Tigers' centre-back, knew he got it wrong.

43
Quinn and Aluko exchanges passes as Hull look to break forward but Bacuna is quickly in to take the ball away.

42
Hull decide to go short with a free-kick on the half-way line and Villa swiftly intercept the ball.

41
Hull look stretched after throwing men forward but Weimann squanders a one-on-one with McGregor, firing high and wide.

40
Villa under a bit of pressure as they play the ball across the back four, Hull looking to make a timely break.

39
It is more route one football from Villa but Kozak fails to get the ball down once again and Hull clear the ball long.

38
Guzan waves Villa forward and pumps the ball long towards Agbonlahor. Villa win a throw-in in a strong position.

37
Half-time rapidly approaching here at the KC and it remains goalless. You can tell both sides are missing their top scorers today.

36
Hull manage to find Aluko this time, he lays the ball off to Rosenior but the subsequent cross is straight into the hands of Guzan.

35
After a couple of moments of madness, Villa regain possession and press forward. Agbonlahor feeds Kozak in the middle of the box but it's a free-kick to Hull as the striker controls the ball with his hand.

34
Westwood goes in very heavily on Tom Huddlestone and he cannot avoid a yellow card this time. Thin ice for Westwood. Wrapped his hand round Huddlestone's face, maybe lucky to avoid red there.

33
Villa clear their lines early and break forward. Agbonlahor is brought down by Rosenior who is in the book for a rash challenge.

32
Free kick to Hull as Westwood clatters into Elmohamady. Clattenburg gives the midfielder a talking to.

31
Tigers are starting to find some good territory but Aluko gifts the ball to Westwood and Villa look to move forward again.

30
Short corner is wasted by Hull before Davies is caught offside, unnecessarily.

29
Hull manage to win a corner as Aluko battles with Bacuna in the bottom left-hand corner.

28
Hull settle in possession before sending a long ball towards Aluko, but the ball is soon back with Villa.

27
Agbonlahor races forward and lays the ball off for Luna on the overlap. The left-back is making some good runs forward but is caught offside again. Eager.

26
The visitors are happy to dictate the pace of the game as they pass the ball across the midfield.

25
Liam Rosenior links with Huddlestone down the right as Hull move forward but the ball is out for a Villa throw.

24
Villa go long this time in search of Kozak, who is unable to control the ball and Hull begin to string together some passes.

23
A sketchy couple of minutes for McGregor who comes to the edge of his area to challenge Weimann, who almost lofts the ball over the keeper's head. Hull get away with the ball and the dust can settle.

22
Another Villa corner is cleared by Davies but only as far as Agbonlahor, who takes another strike on goal but there is little effort required from McGregor.

21
Ball sent in from the corner and there is collision between Kozak and Davies. The Villa frontman is down and takes treatment. Should be back shortly.

20
A neat ball is threaded through to Agbonlahor, who weaves away from the defenders before unleashing a shot from his left foot. Good parry from McGregor. Villa corner.

19
Villa take control once again and build with passes across the back four.

18
Chance for Hull. Graham's 23-match drought could have ended as Huddlestone whips a fine ball across the box but the striker is unable to steer it away.

17
Guzan lofts the ball long towards Agbonlahor but it drops nicely for Weimann, who is caught napping by Manyor Figueroa.

16
Flag up against Quinn this time as Hull look to break down a solid Villa back line.

15
Huddlestone's corner heads towards Davies but Villa clear the ball and look to counter. Weimann is adjudged offside, although he was only just in the Hull half. Close call.

14
Hull manage to forge a chance as Danny Graham whips a low cross towards Quinn who blocked off by Bacuna, racing back. Excellent defending from the Villa right back.

13
Some good build-up play from Villa down the left before El Ahmadi gives the ball to Agbonlahor, whose shot sails over the bar.

12
The Tigers are struggling to break out of their own territory as Villa press forward looking for that first break.

11
Quinn, in the Hull side for the injured Robbie Brady, signals his intent with a firm sliding tackle on Bacuna but Villa keep the ball.

10
It is the visitors who are enjoying the majority of possession early doors with Westwood and Delph exchanging passes on the half-way line.

9
Villa eventually find Delph, who feeds Gabby Agbonlahor but the shot from the edge of the area is well blocked by the Hull defence.

8
Aston Villa start from the back and play the ball across the middle of the park but there is little movement up top from Weimann and Agbonlahor.

7
Villa manage to scramble the ball the away before Quinn sends the ball back into the box. Guzan manages to collect the ball and attempts to settle the tempo after a lively start to the game.

6
The corner is taken quickly but is cleared by Hull and Sone Aluko makes the counter alone before earning a corner for the Tigers.

5
Weimann takes a shot from the edge of the box but Figueroa gets his body in the way to give Villa a corner.

4
Villa have started in confident fashion here and who would blame them after beating Manchester City. Delph making some early strides into Tigers' territory.

3
An early chance for the Villains as Fabian Delph beats Tom Huddlestone on the right and whips the ball across to Andreas Weimann who is unable to latch onto a fine knock.

2
Guzan passes the ball out before Vlaar knocks long in search of the returning Agbonlahor, but Curtis Davies is in charge against his former club.

1
Villa get us moving and string together a series of passes in their own half before Brad Guzan gets his first touch as Hull strike wastefully towards goal.

Mark Clattenburg checks his watch, its 3:00pm and we're underway!

We've had the mandatory handshakes and the KC Stadium comes alive as the sides take to the turf.

The players are in the tunnel...

David, a Villa fan in Leeds is predicting an away win; "Nice to see Aggy back and also good to see we do not have to rely on 'big Ben' to score goals. A Villa away win but biggest fear is that Curtis Davies could haunt his old team at set pieces...saying that, 2-0 the Villa"

We have just 10 minutes until kick-off here at the KC. Don't forget you can get involved this afternoon by Tweeting me: @BH92 or emailing me direct on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.

Opta Stat: Aston Villa have kept only one clean sheet in their last 28 league games, but this did come in their last away trip in the competition.

Both sides have the opportunity to make it three from three today, however Aston Villa have not won three successive Premier League games since April 2010.

There is a solitary point between the sides ahead of kick off with both winning three of their opening six fixtures. The Tigers 1-1 draw with Cardiff City gives them the slender advantage on 10 points.

Our referee for the afternoon is Mark Clattenburg, who is assisted by Simon Beck and Stephen Child with Michael Oliver standing as fourth official.

For those out there looking for a pre-match flutter, here's how our friends at SkyBet see today's clash...Villa, fresh from their 3-2 win against Manchester City last week, are a big price at 23/10 and Sky Bet customers agree with around 65 per cent of bets made on this game are for the visitors. And it's easy to see why with Villa unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the sides dating back to 1988 without conceding a goal. Villa to win to nil at the KC is a tempting 4/1.

Early call from Villa fan @ShaunySidaway on Twitter; "Predicting a 3-1 win for us. Wonder why Lowton, Helenious and Sylla not playing? Still a strong team against Hull."

Aston Villa bench: Steer, Baker, Herd, Bennett, Bowery, Tonev, Sylla.

Hull City bench: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Meyler, Boyd, Sagbo, Proschwitz.

Aston Villa Starting XI (4-3-3): Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Kozak.

Hull City Starting XI (4-4-1-1): McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Faye, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Quinn, Aluko, Graham.

The team sheets have been printed here in East Yorkshire...

Paul Lambert on the hand, is boosted by the return of Gabriel Agbonlahor, after the striker's recent run of form was interrupted by an ankle issue. Midfielder Ashley Westwood is also back in having recovered from a thigh problem but there is still no sign of Christian Benteke, who is suffering from a hip injury.

Bruce was handed a blow during the week however with Irish winger Robbie Brady sustaining an untimely knock. The 21-year-old, who has netted thrice this season for the Tigers, will require surgery on a groin problem.

Meanwhile, Hull will be delighted with their return to the elite, with pre-season predictions of relegation struggles well and truly quashed. Steve Bruce's men recorded back-to-back victories in the top flight for the first time since 2008 when they beat West Ham United 1-0 last time out.

Villa enter round seven of the Premier League on a high after beating Manchester City 3-2 at Villa Park last weekend, with Andreas Weimann netting the winner to stun the Blues.

Ben Hampshire here to guide you through proceedings. Feel free to get in touch before, during and after the match with your predictions and opinions. The all-important contact details are as follows; you can Tweet me: @BH92 or email me direct on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com and I will endeavour to publish as many as possible.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Hull City and Aston Villa at the KC Stadium.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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