Sky Sports pundit David Prutton believes that Aston Villa will get their Championship season off to a positive note when they face recently-demoted Hull City on Saturday.
The Midlands outfit have a tough opener as they face one of the clubs that dropped out of the Premier League last season.
Most would have expected the Villans to be in contention for promotion in the 2016-17 campaign, but they never really posed a serious threat.
Expectations will be high on Steve Bruce and his team this time around, especially because of the club’s transfer activity this summer.
The main arrival that stands out is John Terry, who ended his association with Chelsea before signing on the dotted line at Villa Park.
The ex-England international’s experience will be vital as he helps marshall the back line and keep the opponent’s goals at bay.
It is important for clubs to set the tone in the opening match, and Prutton believes that Villa will get the job done and claim a 2-1 victory in the 5.30pm kickoff.
He told Sky Sports:
“With Steve Bruce and John Terry leading them, Aston Villa should be right up there and they’ll want to show what they can do on opening day against a team that have just been relegated from the Premier League
“Hull have lost a fair amount of players and this might be a bit of a transition season for them. For me it’s a Villa win but a narrow one.”