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Hull City Preview

The last week has been a bit of a slog for the Blues and tomorrow sees a third tough away trip in seven days as Birmingham go to the KC Stadium to face Hull City AFC. Despite losing manager Nigel Pearson to Leicester, Hull are still riding fairly high in the Championship table sitting eighth, six places and four points ahead of Blues.

Hull City

Hull have been going through a bit of a tough time of it recently, collecting just six points from their last six games as caretaker manager Nicky Barmby gets himself settled into the KC Stadium hotseat. No team news has yet been announced by the club, but the local press up there have talked of Hull going into the game with Blues with an unchanged lineup due to limited options.

Hull’s overall record for the Championship season has them winning five and losing four at home, scoring and conceding eleven goals. It’s interesting noting that they don’t draw often, having not done so in the league at home this term and having drawn only three times at all this season; the last draw coming back in the middle of October at the Amex Stadium against Brighton and their last score draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat on the 27th September.

Birmingham City

Having tasted defeat against Cardiff City at the weekend, Blues will need to pick themselves up if they’re to climb the table again. Form-wise Blues aren’t in the best of it either, with just one win and three draws in their last six league games; scoring only five goals. BCFC’s overall away record isn’t brilliant either; winning twice and drawing twice in nine games; that being said it’s better than last year’s.

Curtis Davies will definitely miss the Hull City game due to suspension after being red carded for a professional foul against Kenny Miller at the weekend; it’s only a one-match ban though and he will be back in contention for the visit of Doncaster Rovers this weekend. Jordon Mutch is training with the first team squad again but I think it will still be a couple of weeks before Hughton considers him back in the team; there is no news as yet of the injuries to Morgaro Gomis and Liam Ridgewell.

I expect there may be one or two changes made to the starting eleven; I think it’s entirely possible Chris Wood will be returned to the starting lineup on what will be his 20th Birthday; I expect we’ll see Pablo retain his place in the centre of defence despite being at fault for Kenny Miller’s goal at the weekend due to a lack of alternative options; I think it will be interesting to see if Jean Beausejour is retained at left midfield after another not-so-brilliant performance at the weekend.

I fear for Blues with this game; Hull don’t draw at home and Blues don’t win away; despite our early season goal-scoring exploits the amount of goals we are scoring now are starting to dry up as teams have gotten wise to Blues method of playing. If Blues are to win this game it’s important that we create more chances in front of goal and when we do get them, we take them; otherwise it’s going to be another long trip back home empty-handed.

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6 Responses to “Hull City Preview”

  • hammy says:

    yep, i gotta agree to be honest….

  • Does anyone else think Colin Calderwood is a bit of a Jonah bearing in mind our last 3 games with no win and the bad luck we have been having with deflected goals , missed penalty and dodgy sending off. Out of interest when was he last involved with a team that won a game?

  • Arthur says:

    let’s not forget Calderwood is another Villa reject – is this another bad omen. As part of our trimming exercise I’d like to see us get rid of all of these connections, maybe we mght see a few less careless own goals and gaffs by this lot.

  • kev51 says:

    ime really chuffed that the manager now has the backroom staff he seemed to want,
    For me it showed that the remaining board have faith in his judgment and that we have credability still in the football world that he came to us.Ime sure he would have been offered work at other clubs.

  • bluenoseneil says:

    Just got back from the game this evening, and to be honest it was absolutely awful.
    Other than the goal by Chris Wood (which was well taken) we were pretty ordinary for the entire game. Keith Fahey has finally proved himself as the port midfield player that he is giving the ball away more than half a dozen times this evening needlessly. You can tell that Chris Hughton thought so as well because he substituted him for Guirane N’Daw who did more attacking in the last 20 minutes of the game than Keith had in the entire match. He almost got us a goal as well.
    However the overall performance was very poor and most of the squad just looked completely knackered.
    I think the run of three defeats is certainly taking its toll on the team and we need to pick ourselves up quickly before the game against Doncaster on Saturday.

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