Match preview: Hull City v Bristol City

Alas, Mitchell Whiley’s preview arrived too late to go up before the match, but you can see if he called things right . . .

Two weeks away from Championship football has us begging for its return, but fear no more as Hull City welcome Bristol City to the KC Stadium. Nine more games left for the Tigers this season, and they go into this one in fourth position. Needing a win to keep up with the automatic promotion places, here’s all you need to know before kick-off.

Bristol City have failed to hit the heights after their promotion last season from League One. Having been in the relegation scrap all season, they currently sit six points above the drop zone in nineteenth. However, the previous five matches for the Robins has seen them take maximum points against Fulham, Forest and Bolton, the latter being a 6-0 victory. The man to watch for Bristol City is, without a doubt, Jonathon Kodjia. The Frenchman is in fine form this season, netting fourteen times in the league, including a brace in his most recent outing. If the home side are the keep a clean sheet, he must be shut down. Former Stoke player Peter Odemwingie could also prove dangerous to the Tigers’ net, whilst defender Aden Flint has proven strong at both ends of the pitch, netting six times this season.

Steve Bruce has near a full strength side this weekend, missing only Nick Powell to injury. However he will be hoping that the international break can refresh his side’s goal scoring ability, having found the net three times in the last nine games. Abel Hernandez travelled for Uruguay’s international matches but failed to take the field, while Mo Diame has come back from his Senegalese duties “tired”, so he may start the match from the bench. Other internationals such as Adama Diomande, David Meyler, Robert Snodgrass, Andy Robertson, Allan McGregor, Isaac Hayden, Chuba Akpom, Dusan Kuciak and Shaun Maloney will most likely return to their normal spots in the side.

Hull City have beaten Bristol City twenty-six times, but have drawn twenty-two and lost thirty-two. However, the Tigers haven’t lost to the Robins in their past five meetings, running out winners twice. The most recent meeting came earlier this season, when a late Shaun Maloney strike cancelled out Kieran Agard’s opener in a 1-1 draw.

Prediction: Those of the black and amber persuasion will hope that the international break will replenish their side as the Tigers aim to once again push themselves into the automatic promotion places. At home, Hull City’s defence should be too strong against a lower-table side. Hull City 2, Bristol City 0.



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