The last 180 minutes of football that Aston Villa have played has been, to put it politely, absolutely embarrassing. In fact, the performances against Swansea and Wigan were so disjointed that you would be forgiven for thinking that eleven random men were picked from the crowd and asked if they fancied a kick about. 

Dean Smith’s men desperately need to go on a winning run if they are to have any hope of finishing in one of the four play-off spots come the end of the season, but their next game is at home against a Hull team that have won six games on the bounce, including an impressive 2-0 win over Bielsa’s Leeds United at Elland Road. 

Therefore, if the home side play anything close to how they have been playing as of late, they will get an absolute mauling, and the Villa Park faithful might just have to listen to a rendition of “you’re getting mauled by the tigers” while witnessing full-grown men claw at the air in front of them. Oh, just when we thought things couldn’t get much worse. 

However, I’m quietly optimistic that the lads will pull their fingers out this weekend and put in a good showing to earn a positive result. Surely they cannot be as bad as they were against Wigan? For our sanity, I sincerely hope not. 

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s game against Hull.