Steve Bruce says his Hull City side will face another different and difficult challenge when Aston Villa visit the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Villa arrive in East Yorkshire just one point behind the Tigers and full of confidence after beating Manchester City last weekend, a second successive league win for Paul Lambert’s side.
However, Bruce’s men also go into the game with back-to-back league wins under their belt and the manager is looking forward to the encounter.
“Villa had a really good result against Manchester City last weekend and they’ve had a decent start (overall) as well,” said Bruce.
“As I keep saying every week, it’s another really difficult challenge in its own way. They’re a good side with some good players.
“We’re maybe fortunate that Benteke isn’t playing because at the moment he is as good as any striker out there.
“But Villa are a good team and it will be another big challenge for us.”
As well as beating Manchester City, Villa have also already won away at Arsenal this season and Bruce knows they won’t be coming to the KC to sit back and defend.
“I don’t think sitting back is in their manager’s psyche,” added Bruce.
“They’re very, very good on the counter-attack and very quick, so as always we know we’ll have to defend well.
“But we’ve started off particularly well at home and we must keep that going. We’ve picked up seven points from our three home games and if we can go into the international break having taken something out of this game as well that would make it a very decent start indeed.”