Boss Paul Lambert believes Gabby Agbonlahor could be a key asset for Villa on Saturday due to his undeniable pace and power.
Lambert is a firm admirer of Agbonlahor and thinks the long-serving forward has what it takes to help tame the Tigers in B6.
As well as his obvious physical football strengths, the manager has been impressed with Agbonlahor's versatility and unselfishness over the past few weeks.
He likes the way Agbonlahor has moved from a wider role to a more central position in the team, in the absence of powerhouse forwards Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak, who are both out injured.
He said in his pre-match press conference: "I thought on Saturday, especially in the first half, that Gabby was excellent.
"His work-rate and the way he performed was excellent. He was a handful. His goal was well deserved too.
"We have lost two main players, two strikers - Kozak and Benteke. We are asking Gabby to do a role now - I know he has done it before - but he's a different type from Kozak and Benteke.
"But his performance was excellent on Saturday.
"We are hoping he goes on that little run of goals now. That's what Gabby can do.
"When he's on form, he's very hard to stop with his pace and power."
Lambert also hailed the influence of Marc Albrighton, who has impressed greatly with his all-action approach and willingness to provide ample ammunition for the strikers.
He added: "Marc is playing well - really well. Marc has been a major plus."
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