As the 2017/18 EFL campaign draws ever closer to a beginning, Aston Villa fans will be confident that their team can ignite a major promotion push under Steve Bruce next season.
The Midlands club will kick off the Championship campaign against Bruce’s former side Hull City, in front of a vociferous Villa Park crowd.
The Tigers will have a huge point to prove following their relegation from the Premier League last term, especially under new boss Leonid Slutsky, and it certainly won’t be an easy opening day for the men in claret and blue.
Villa, though, have a squad easily capable of challenging for the title next season, so it will be a feisty encounter to say the least.
Here, with two potential new signings, FLW writer George Harbey names the potential Aston Villa starting XI that could face Hull City on the opening day of the 2017/18 Championship campaign…