Hull City vs Aston Villa - match preview

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Both Hull City and Aston Villa cleared their names of embarrassing goalscoring droughts at the weekend but still failed to win each of their individual games, dragging them further into the wrath of the relegation scrap.

Steve Bruce's side were the closest of the two from snatching all three points; David Meyler's composed finish was cancelled out by a second half injury time free kick from James Milner to pull Manchester City level.

Meanwhile, at Villa Park, Branislav Ivanovic's thunderous half volley rocketed Chelsea into a lead for the second time, which the Blues managed to keep intact this time. Events in Manchester meant it was a valuable strike in terms of the Premier League title race.

The Tigers are thankful that they have no fresh injury worries after a troublesome season and could name the same eleven that begun the match at the Etihad on Saturday with the exception of Sone Aluko being replaced for deadline day signing, Dame N'Doye. If that were the case, Nikica Jelavic and Curtis Davies would both miss out again.

As for the visitors to the KC Stadium, Ron Vlaar has fully recovered from a knee injury which he returned from against Chelsea. He revealed he was fully comfortable and a place in Tuesday's starting line-up is almost certain for the Dutchman.

Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak are still out with long-term injuries respectively.

It goes without saying that both managers will be targeting this game as a must-win situation. The last Premier League victory for either of these sides put together came on New Years Day when the Tigers beat Everton on New Years Day, so the struggle some times at both clubs becomes a little more apparent.

Both sides have slightly easier upcoming ties in the next few weeks, but as established in recent weeks, no games can be regarded as easy in the Premier League. That was reinforced by Steve Bruce in a press conference on Monday:

"We've learnt that no games in this league are easy by any means. Burnley beat us and so did Leicester. They, for us, are the teams we should be putting to sleep so that proves that every game is challenging."

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