This weekend’s EFL action kicks off in the Sky Bet Championship as Hull City welcome Sheffield United to KCOM Stadium.

Hull are currently battling relegation and sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

United meanwhile are defying expectations as they chase a play off spot and lie in seventh, just two points behind Bristol City who currently has six place and final spot.

 

Team news

Hull are missing striker, Harry Wilson to a shoulder injury picked up in FA Cup exit last weekend.

The Tigers however could welcome Abel Hernandez back to the bench, after six months out with a knee injury.

Winger, Jarrod Bowen could return after recovering from a hamstring issue.

Blades’ forward, James Wilson is a doubt after he sat out the midweek victory over QPR with concerns over his ankle.

John Fleck and Simon Moore could be reinstated in the starting eleven now that they have finished suspensions.

 

Form

Hull enter this off the back of two defeats in past week against Chelsea in FA Cup and at Middlesbrough in league on Tuesday.

They however are unbeaten at home since defeat against Bristol City in late November, taking just one win and four draws. 

In fact, 18 of Hull’s points have come at home compared to 11 on the road.

Sheffield United’s form has dipped since taking 36 points from opening 17 league games.

Since then, the Blades have taken just 16 points from their last 14 league games.

In last five league matches alone, they have conceded seven goals and scored six.

 

Stat Attack

  • Both teams have scored nine apiece in last three meetings.
  • Sheffield United’s last league visit to Hull also came in this division, back in 2010 with them winning 1-0.
  • Sheffield United have won their two Friday night league games this season against Leeds and Burton respectively.

 

Where will game be won and lost?

Per game average Hull (home) Sheffield United (away)
Corners 5.2 5.2
Fouls 13.47 12.53
Shots 13.67 10.13
Shots on Target 5.73 3.73
Goals 2 1.27
Yellow Cards 2.13 1.87
Red Cards 1 1
Goals in First Half % 40 63.2
Goals in Second Half % 60 36.8

^Stats provided by Footstats.co.uk

This match looks like it could be very physical with both teams averaging similar number of corners and strong in fouls.

Hull however dominate the attack averages, even if pick up slightly more yellow cards.

What’s telling is that away from Bramall Lane, the Blades tend to score more in first half but dip after half time.

Hull are slightly tighter and seem to grow as game goes on with 60% of home goals coming in the second half compared to opening 45 minutes.

 

Prediction

Although Hull’s attack are strong, their defence has been woeful so I fancy Sheffield United to take this.

Prediction: Hull City 1-2 Sheffield United

Result: Hull City 1-0 Sheffield United

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