The opening weekend schedule in the Championship closes tonight as Hull City and Aston Villa meet at the KCOM Stadium. The early pace-setters in the English second tier are Brentford and Leeds United, who won their first matches 5-1 and 3-1 respectively, with United’s victory over Stoke City particularly impressive.

With Villa a distant 13.5 to win the league this season in Tipbet’s season bets, Steve Bruce has a tough job on his hands to get the club in contention for promotion, with last season a fantastic opportunity, only for them to be beaten by Fulham in the play-off final. Financial problems have clouded preparations somewhat, and there is still a possibility that Jack Grealish, one of their most talented and creative players, could depart before Thursday’s transfer deadline with Tottenham Hotspur interested.

Despite the Midlands club failing to make any additions, pre-season was generally successful with West Ham United the only side to inflict defeat.



Hull City finished 18th last year, but Nigel Adkins has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in six new faces as they target a comfortable season away from the relegation zone. Pre-season results have not been promising, though, and a major improvement will be needed to keep their three-match head to head record going. In what will be a busy week, the Tigers then travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

Tipbet are covering every Championship match this season with extensive odds markets, and there are 96 for tonight’s fixture here. Predicting a match winner is a tricky market to call, though Villa are 2.40 to leave Yorkshire with three points. That makes them favourites, with the hosts at 3.10 to start their campaign with a win, while Tipbet customers get access to unique promotions when registering for an account.