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Pre-Match Brief: Hull City vs Ipswich Town

15 September 2018
Hull City go in search of a first home win of the Sky Bet Championship season when Ipswich Town visit the KCOM Stadium this afternoon (KO 3pm).

The Tigers head into the clash with an impressive record against the Tractor Boys of late having gone 11 games unbeaten in all competitions – including eight wins – and just one home defeat in their last 18 meetings in East Yorkshire.

The visitors, meanwhile, head to the KCOM looking to register their first win and away points of the campaign, having started the season with three draws and three defeats in their opening six games – with the defeats on the road coming at Rotherham United, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.

TEAM NEWS
Jackson Irvine, Tommy Elphick and Chris Martin are all pushing for inclusion in Nigel Adkins’ side ahead of today’s clash with Ipswich.

Irvine returned to training on Thursday morning having missed the last two Championship fixtures with a thigh problem, with Adkins waiting to see whether the Australian midfielder suffers any adverse reaction before deciding whether to include him in his plans.

Elphick and Martin are both pushing for debuts after joining just before the international break with both having trained fully during the last couple of weeks, while Ondrej Mazuch is also now back in training after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.

Flight delays mean that Eric Lichaj won’t return to the Tigers’ Cottingham training base until Friday having been away on international duty with the U.S, leaving Adkins with a decision to make over his involvement given he was involved in a friendly against Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but Kamil Grosicki is available for selection after a proposed deadline day move away fell through.

Ipswich look likely to have Cole Skuse available despite the midfielder being stretchered off against Norwich City last time out, but Teddy Bishop, Emyr Huws and Andre Dozzell are not yet ready to return to first team action as their recovery from injury continues.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referee: Paul Hodskinson
Assistant Referee: Michael George
Fourth Official: Darren Drysdale

PRE-MATCH VERDICTS

“We know that Saturday will be a tough game because Ipswich Town are an organised outfit. They don’t concede many goals from open play, so we have to break things down and look at how we can go and win this match.”
Click here to read more from Nigel Adkins

“Getting our first home win of the season would only breed confidence moving forward and if we can achieve that and get the three points, it would be massive for us going into what is a busy week.”
Click here to read more from Chris Martin

“We’re going into Saturday’s game in a positive frame of mind and we’re determined to come away with what would be a big three points for the team.”
Click here to read more from Fraizer Campbell

FORM GUIDE
Hull City: D L W L L L
Ipswich Town: L D D L L D

KEY BATTLE

Evandro vs Cole Skuse
The battle between two players approaching the latter stages of their career is likely to make for an intriguing spectacle this afternoon and could have a big say in the outcome of the match.

A lot of the good aspects of the Tigers’ season so far have involved 32-year-old Evandro. He only made eight appearances for the club last season and will be hoping that he can really make his mark this campaign. He adds a Brazilian spark to Adkins’ side going forward and has the ability to open teams up as well as find the back of the net himself, as he did on the opening weekend against Aston Villa.

However, he is likely to face a very difficult battle this weekend against Skuse. He seems to have been playing in the Championship for years now and will have built up a lot of experience on how to deal with creative players such as Evandro, and will be aware that if he can keep the Tigers’ number seven quiet throughout today’s 90 minutes could well be key for his side as they go in search of a first league win of the season.

TICKETS
Today’s game against Blackburn is a Category C fixture – £12 Zone 1, £18 Zone 2 and £24 Zone 3. Tickets 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?
Hull City moved nine points clear of the Championship relegation zone with a convincing 3-0 victory at Ipswich Town in March 2018.

The visitors, who had won once in their last 11 away trips heading into the clash, went ahead on 18 minutes courtesy of Markus Henriksen’s 25-yard strike.

Harry Wilson’s volley made it 2-0 five minutes before the break and Jarrod Bowen completed the scoring two minutes after the restart, dancing through the home defence before squeezing the ball under Bartosz Bialkowski.

IN NUMBERS

11
Hull City are unbeaten in 11 matches against Ipswich in all competitions (W8 | D3) since a 1-0 defeat on the final day of the 2007/08 Championship season.

17&9
Despite facing the fewest shots on target in the Championship this season (17), Ipswich have conceded nine goals – 53% of the total shots on target they’ve faced.

15
Jarrod Bowen has had more shots without scoring (15) than any other player in the Championship this season.

24
Ipswich have used more players (24) than any other side in the Championship this season.

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