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Posted Wednesday, July 8th 2020

Preview: Hull City (H)

Interim Head Coach Dean Holden takes charge of his first City game as the Tigers come to town for a Championship clash in which they will be vying to edge further away from the danger zone.

The Robins are looking to end their run of defeats since the restart and are pushing to end the season in as high a position as possible, with the top-six still mathematically possible with five matches to go.

By contrast, Grant McCann’s men were six points from safety at the time of writing and are scrapping to avoid dropping into League One for the first time in 15 years. Since joining the Premier League in 2008/09 (their first season in England’s highest division) the Tigers have yo-yoed between the top flight and Championship – relegated three times but enjoying two promotions.

Hopes of sustaining a possible challenge this season were dashed when the deadly duo of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki departed the club in January. Goal machine Bowen, who had struck 17 times in all competitions, departed for West Ham United for a reported £18m-plus deal, while Polish winger Grosicki left for promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion.

Since then Hull have twice lost five in a row, and only won once: a 2-1 win over fellow Championship strugglers Middlesbrough.

The midweek fixture is available free on Robins TV Live to Season Card holders (the stream starts one hour ahead of kick-off with all the build-up, analysis, and post-match comments). Non-Season Card holders can purchase a matchday pass at £10, and enjoy all the same benefits. Please note the match is not on Sky Sports or on the red button.

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MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Wednesday, July 8th 2020
  • Kick-off: 6pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: Gavin Ward (referee), Daniel Leach and Mark Pottage (assistants), Ollie Yates (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD


W: 35 (40%)
D: 28
L: 24

 

FORM - Includes pre-suspension
Bristol City: LLLLD
Hull City: LWDLL

Afobe scored twice in the reverse 3-1 win at the KCOM

Club news

Word from the camp

Interim Head Coach Dean Holden wants the squad to believe in themselves and their abilities as he looks to get City back to winning ways.

 

Callum O"Dowda has spoken of how City will fight and do "whatever it takes" to get out of the rut.

Memorable match

Hull City 2-3 Bristol City
Saturday, November 25th 2017
Sky Bet Championship
KCOM Stadium
Scorers: Campbell 33, Bowen 63 / Flint 68, Reid 79, Brownhill 90
Attendance: 14,762

A late Josh Brownhill wonder goal capped off a brilliant second-half comeback as City beat Hull 3-2 at the KCOM Stadium.

Fraizer Campbell and Jarrod Bowen had fired the former Premier League side ahead into a commanding lead only for CIty to turn the match on its head with 22 minutes left.

First, Aden Flint smashed home from close range after Niclas Eliasson’s free kick was cleared off the line. Then, after Hull failed to clear a Jamie Paterson free kick, Bobby Reid needed two swipes at the ball before turning in the equaliser.

By now City were on top and completed an incredible comeback in the 90th minute. A brilliant run from the 21-year-old Brownhill saw him drive forward from the edge of the centre circle, picking the ball up from Paterson, before placing his shot beyond the diving Allan McGregor from range.

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