Hull City

Pre-Match Brief: Hull City vs Derby County

01 September 2018
Hull City host Derby County for the second time this week looking to register a first home win of the season.

After the Rams’ 4-0 win in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Frank Lampard brings his side back to the KCOM Stadium as both sides return to Sky Bet Championship action.

All four of the Tigers’ league points have come on the road this season with Nigel Adkins’ side going down to 3-1 and 1-0 defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers respectively in their opening two home fixtures of the 2018/19 league campaign.

The Rams, meanwhile, have enjoyed a decent start to life under Lampard’s guidance having registered nine points from a possible 15 and head to the KCOM looking to claim a fourth straight win in all competitions.

TEAM NEWS
Jackson Irvine remains a big injury doubt for the Tigers ahead of today’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby.

Irvine has missed the last two games after picking up a thigh problem during the win against Rotherham United and is yet to join in with training this week.

“Jackson hasn’t been able to join in with training yet so he has to be classed as a big doubt for the weekend,” said Adkins.

“I’m not ruling him out completely and I hope he can be available for selection, but if the game was today he wouldn’t be fit to play.

“Also on the negative side, Nouha Dicko could be struggling for the weekend. He’s feeling his knee a little bit and he dropped out of training today (Thursday). We’ll see how he responds.”

Ondrej Mazuch and James Weir remain unavailable as they recover from knee injuries.

Derby will again be without former Tiger Curtis Davies because of a hamstring injury whilst right-back Jayden Bogle will sit out with an ankle problem.

Wales internationals Harry Wilson and Tom Lawrence face a race against time to be fit with groin and calf issues respectively, but Tom Huddlestone and Scott Malone are available after returning from injuries in midweek.

OFFICIALS
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant Referee: Robert Hyde
Assistant Referee: Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

PRE-MATCH VERDICTS

“It’s an important match for us due to the fact we’re going into the first international break of the season afterwards. We want to go into the break on the back of good team performance and a positive result.”
Click here to read more from Reece Burke

“It’s unusual to face the same team twice in a row but it’s an opportunity for us to bounce back against them and hopefully put a few things right.”
Click here to read more from Dan Batty

FORM GUIDE
Hull City: D L W L L
Derby County: W L W W W

KEY BATTLE
Stephen Kingsley vs Mason Bennett
This could be a key battle out wide this afternoon, with Stephen Kingsley looking to get the better of the Derby forward.

Kingsley returned to the Tigers’ starting line-up against Stoke last weekend and, on a difficult afternoon, produced a solid display against a Potters’ side that had plenty of pace and power. The left-back will be keen to impress again this afternoon against the Rams as he looks to make the position his own this season.

Bennett could be Kingsley’s direct opponent, with the 22-year-old enjoying a positive start to the season. He started in the recent wins against Ipswich Town and Preston North End and will no doubt be looking to kick-on in the next few months after a frustrating 2017/18 campaign that was disrupted by injury. A product of Derby’s youth system, Bennett has previously spent time on loan with Chesterfield, Bradford City, Burton Albion and Notts County.

TICKETS
Today’s game against Derby is a Category A fixture – £24 Zone, £27 Zone 2 and £30 Zone 3. Tickets will remain available to buy online up until one hour before the scheduled kick-off time (print at home) and in person from Tiger Leisure at the KCOM Stadium up until kick-off.

REMEMBER THE LAST TIME?
The Rams ended Hull City’s interest in the Carabao Cup with a 4-0 win at the KCOM Stadium.

Martyn Waghorn scored his first goal for Frank Lampard’s side to open the scoring and Florian Jozefzoon also opened his Rams’ goal account to double the visitors’ lead before the break.

A Brandon Fleming own goal 17 minutes from time ended the game as a contest before Mason Mount added a late fourth to complete the rout.

IN NUMBERS

4
The Tigers come into today’s clash looking to end a run of four league games without scoring against Derby.

3
Derby are looking to win three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since a run of four such wins ending in December 2017.

9
Hull City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine league games – they last went 10 without a shutout in January 2017 in the Premier League (20 games).

16
Derby’s on-loan 19-year-old attacker Mason Mount has been directly involved in 16 goals in his last 12 league games across the English Championship and Dutch Eredivisie (9 goals & 7 assists).

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