Match preview: Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Mitchell Whiley considers whether or not City can get back on track against Wolves.

Hull City begin a run of five matches in two weeks as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the KC Stadium. As it stands, this is City’s highest ranked opponent for the rest of the season, proving this a crucial match in terms of building confidence for the run into the playoffs.

Injuries have been cruel to Wolves this season, with at least six first team players out of contention for selection for the trip to Hull. James Henry is the leading goal scorer for Wolves with seven to his name, as well as leading the side in assists with six. In twelfth position on the table Kenny Jackett’s men have only pride to play for, meaning he could be tempted to play some youth in order to give them experience. Undefeated in six, including wins against Bristol City and MK Dons, Wolves most definitely have form on their side coming into this one.

With Steve Bruce effectively ruling out any chance of automatic promotion for his side, attention has been turned to building confidence and regaining some good form ahead of the playoffs, in order to firstly qualify, and then to win them. However that could prove a difficult task in this match, seeing as the Tigers have won only once in the previous nine matches. Bruce has also ruled out Michael Dawson and Mo Diame for the next two weeks, which means Harry Maguire and David Meyler may start. After beginning the match with a 3-5-2 formation last week, Bruce had to revert back to the 4-4-2 that he has preferred this season when Dawson limped off. With Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomande both getting on the scoresheet last week, it’s possible that both the Uruguayan and the Norwegian will lead the side up front. Moses Odubajo will also return to the side after serving his suspension. Ten points away from the automatic promotion positions and seven points in front of Cardiff in seventh, points for City here will more than likely only affirm the Tigers’ position in the playoffs.

The previous meeting between the two sides saw a Nikica Jelavic penalty evened out by a James Henry tap-in after an Allan McGregor howler. A draw away at the Molineux seemed a decent result at the time considering Wolves were tipped to do well this season. However it has not panned out that way, and City will be looking to take maximum points at home. History is just on the side of the home team in this one, having beaten Wolves twenty-six times, losing twenty-three and drawing fourteen.

Prediction: Although consistency is nowhere to be found of late for Hull City, they have more to play for. At the KC Stadium, the Tigers will look to rebuild the defence that has seen them concede the second least goals in the Championship this season. Hull City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

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2 thoughts on “Match preview: Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers”
  1. I am under the assumption this lad has been trained to write or just knows his football very well. Having read a handful of his pieces, he is very good.

    1. Nice of you to say Paul. Pleasing to see that Mitchell was correct in predicting us to win!

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