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Big Match Preview: Hull City

A trip to the KCOM Stadium presents an opportunity for a City response, after their Tuesday night defeat against Preston North End.

Hull City have picked up just two points from their last five games and lie 20th in the Sky Bet Championship - four points from the drop.

Lee Johnson's City meanwhile are currently fifth in the table amid a play-off position battle, so both sides have important points to play for.

The match kicks off on Saturday, November 25th at 3pm.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1904
Nickname: Tigers
Website: www.hullcitytigers.com
Twitter: @HullCity
Ground: KCOM Stadium
Capacity: 25,450

Honours:
First Division: Play-off winners in 2007/08, 2015/16
Second Division:1965/66 Champions, 1958/59, 2004/05 Runners-up.
Third Division1982/83, 2003/04 Runners-up.
Football League Third Division North: 1932/33, 1948/49.
FA Cup: 2014 Runners-up.

Last season:
Premier League: 18th
FA Cup: Fourth round, lost to Fulham
EFL Cup: Semi-final lost to Manchester United
Top scorer: Robert Snodgrass (9 all comps)
Average attendance: 20,761.

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

Hull entered the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2008 after THAT Championship Play-Off Final victory against City.

SInce then the Tigers have jumped between England's top and second tier, suffering three relegations in that time.

They dropped down from the Premier League for the current season and have endured a torrid time in their Championship return, finding themselves without a win in their last five matches.

Hull have also enjoyed positive cup runs, notably they were FA Cup runners-up in 2014, after letting a 2-0 lead slip against Arsenal at Wembley. They also beat Manchester United in their second leg of the League Cup semi-finals last season, but lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky

MEET THE GAFFER - LEONID SLUTSKY

The pressure is on Slutsky to get his Tigers back to winning ways. He has been surrounded by media talk that his time at the KCOM Stadium is up, with the Bristol City fixture possibly his last if Lee Johnson's side take the points.

Slutsky was a goalkeeper during his playing days, which were cut short due to a knee injury.

The Russian notably went on to manage CSKA Moscow for nine years between 2009-2016, where he won three Russian Premier League titles in four years as well as multiple Russian Super Cups and a Russian Cup.

He would go on to lead the Russia national team to EURO 2016, but resigned after a 3-0 defeat to Wales in the finals of the competition.

He resigned as CSKA Moscow boss last December, before he was appointed Hull City manager in June.

The in-form Jarrod Bowen

STAR MAN - Jarrod Bowen

City's defensive stars will need to be alert against the in-form Bowen, who has nine goals to his name this season. Hull City are the joint-third highest in the Championship for goals scored and the young forward his contributed to a third of the team tally.

Bowen was named the EFL Young Player of the Month for August and has "taken his chance to impress" at the KCOM, the Daily Mail reported in late September. 

Bowen, a 20-year-old right-sided winger, joined Hull from Hereford three years ago.

Joe Bryan celebrates his screamer against Middlesbrough

MEMORABLE MEETING - MAY 7th 2011

Bristol City 3-0 Hull City

Championship

Goal: Jon Stead 3', Brett Pitman 14', Jamal Campbell-Ryce 56'.

City ended the 2010/11 season with a resounding win against Hull at Ashton Gate. Goals from Stead, Pitman and Campbell-Ryce ensured City ended Hull's 17-game unbeaten away streak.

Stead struck from close range to give City an early lead, before he turned provider for Pitman only 11 minutes later. Jamie McAllister played in Campbell-Ryce in the second half who rifled a shot into the roof of the net to seal the victory.

City could have wrapped up the season in further style but the post twice denied them.

It was also Steve Lansdown's final game as chairman.

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Referee: Robert Jones
Darren Blunden and James Wilson
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

Betting (via SkyBet)
Hull 8/5
Draw 12/5
City 8/5