A look at Town’s trip to the KCOM Stadium this Saturday.
Current standings: Despite being the league’s second top scorers, Hull have slipped down to 20th with three consecutive defeats and are now in danger of dropping into the relegation zone. A solid win over Preston before the international break saw Town rise to eighth in the Championship. Blues are two points outside the Play-Off places with a game in hand against Derby to come at the end of November.
Hull – D W L L L. Points: 4/15.
Norwich (A) D 1-1
Barnsley (A) W 1-0
Nottingham Forest (H) L 3-2
Middlesbrough (H) L 3-1
Sheffield United (A) L 4-1
Town – L L W L W. Points 6/15.
Sheffield United (A) L 1-0
Norwich (H) L 1-0
Burton (A) W 2-1
Cardiff (A) L 3-1
Preston (H) W 3-0
Last time we met: Town 0-1 Hull 23.02.16
Hull’s Mohamed Diame latched on to an Andrew Robertson cross to score the only goal of the game and seal all three points for the Tigers at Portman Road in February 2016. Daryl Murphy went closest for the hosts with a half-volley striking the post, while former Town loanee Jake Livermore also struck the woodwork for the visitors. Mick McCarthy’s side pushed for an equaliser in the latter stages but were unable to break a resilient Hull defence.
Previous meetings at KCOM Stadium:
20.11.10 Hull 1-0 Town
07.01.12 Hull 3-1 Town (FA Cup)
10.03.12 Hull 2-2 Town
20.10.12 Hull 2-1 Town
20.10.15 Hull 3-0 Town
One to watch: Kamil Grosicki
Despite his side’s recent drop in form, Grosicki has continued to be a threat for the Tigers with two goals in his last two Championship games. The Polish international, who has more than 50 caps for his country, has five goals and four assists for the Yorkshire club this season.
Could be the difference: Hull’s mentality
Manager Leonid Slutsky questioned his side’s resilience following a thrashing against Sheffield United last time out. The defeat at Bramall Lane left the Tigers just two places, and four points, above the drop zone and forced Slutsky to criticise the team spirit of his players. It has been said that heads drop when they’ve conceded recently so the first goal could be crucial in this weekend’s clash.