Pre-Match Brief: Hull City vs Sheffield Wednesday

12 January 2019
Hull City will go in search of a sixth successive league win when returning to Sky Bet Championship action in this afternoon’s Yorkshire Derby against Sheffield Wednesday at the KCOM Stadium.

Having collected 27 points from the last 36 available in the league, Nigel Adkins’ side will be aiming for another maximum return against the Hillsborough outfit as they chase a spot in the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Ex-Hull City coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence will be in charge of the Owls, with new manager Steve Bruce not taking up the reins until the start of February. Wednesday will make the short trip to East Yorkshire looking to maintain their own recent impressive having won two and drawn three of their last five outings in all competitions.

TEAM NEWS.
Nigel Adkins will weigh-up whether or not to throw Fraizer Campbell straight back into the mix when Hull City host Sheffield Wednesday at the KCOM Stadium.

Campbell hasn’t been involved since the Boxing Day win at Preston North End after picking up a hamstring problem but trained on Thursday, leaving Adkins with a decision to make.

“Fraizer’s trained on Thursday so we’ll sit down with the medical team,” said Adkins.

“He’s been out with a soft tissue injury and it is still early days, so we have to weigh-up the risk value attached to including him on Saturday but he has trained well and that’s a positive. We’ll see how he reacts, but of course the sooner we can get him back involved the better because he’s had a really good season so far.”

Adkins has no fresh injury worries in his squad as the Tigers go looking for a sixth league win in a row but remains without Jackson Irvine (international duty) as well as James Weir and Angus MacDonald.

Wednesday will be without striker Fernando Forestieri and midfielder Josh Onomah, although influential playmaker Barry Bannan looks set to be available having been a doubt earlier in the week. Sam Hutchinson is being assessed and is a doubt with a groin injury.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referee: Nick Greenhalgh
Assistant Referee: James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: David Webb

PRE-MATCH VERDICTS

“We’ll have to be right at it to keep our momentum going and we must continue to do all of the things that we have been doing well, but we should be confident going into the game too.”

Click here to read more from Nigel Adkins

“Our focus is on the here and now – taking it one game at a time. That has been key during our recent impressive run over what has been a busy period of games and we’ll continue to prepare that way for every match going forward.”

Click here to read more from Kevin Stewart

FORM GUIDE
Hull City: W W W W W D
Sheffield Wednesday: L W W D D D

KEY BATTLE
Eric Lichaj vs Adam Reach
A defender with a history of performing well in one-on-one situations, against a winger who loves a long-range screamer.

Lichaj has been branded as ‘Mr Reliable’ many times throughout his career, and his performances in black and amber have proved this to be the case since he joined the Tigers from Nottingham Forest in the summer. He has made 24 appearances so far in all competitions and is now a key player in Nigel Adkins’ backline.

One player that he might be given the duty of marking is Adam Reach. The 25-year-old has enjoyed another productive season at Hillsborough so far, scoring seven goals in 28 appearances, with the majority of those being long-range efforts. He will be hoping that he can produce another this afternoon as the Owls look to extend their five-game unbeaten run.

TICKETS
Today’s game is a Category A fixture – £24 Zone 1, £27 Zone 2 and £30 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 and Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Hillsborough on as both sides claimed their first point of the 2018/19 season.

Fraizer Campbell gave Hull the lead from close range after Jarrod Bowen hit the post and Evandro’s follow-up was well saved by Cameron Dawson.

Fernando Forestieri’s penalty levelled things after he was brought down in the box by Reece Burke early in the second half.

The Owls had a number of chances to win the game but could not find a way to breach the Tigers’ rearguard.

IN NUMBERS

1910
Hull are looking to win six straight league games in the second tier or above for the first time since April 1910 under manager Ambrose Langley.

3
Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in three away Championship visits to the KCOM Stadium (W2 D1) since losing three in a row between 2005 and 2007.

2
Fraizer Campbell has scored two goals in three games against Sheffield Wednesday for Hull City, including netting the opener in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

3&4
The Owls have not lost an away Yorkshire derby in the league since February 2017 (0-1 v Leeds United), winning three and drawing four of their last seven such trips.

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