Hull City look to end their free fall in form as they welcome Swansea City to the KCOM Stadium in the opening clash of this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship action.
A win will temporarily see Hull climb to 13th whilst Swansea look to improve to eighth with victory.
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Ryan Tafazolli is expected to be in contention for Hull, having recovered from a hip injury which kept him out of their defeat at Blackburn on Tuesday.
Matthew Pennington, Kevin Stewart and Jon Toral (knee) are also likely to be considered after returning to training this week.
Jordy de Wijs, Reece Burke, Martin Samuelsen (all calf), Angus McDonald (illness), Eric Lichaj, Herbie Kane and James Scott (all ankle) are all ruled out.
Swansea will be without George Byers for the remainder of this season with an ankle injury, which he suffered in last Saturday’s loss to Derby.
Mike van der Hoorn is still sidelined with a knee injury but could be back at end of this month.
Hull enter this match with a single point from their last six league games (D1, L5), whilst conceding ten goals in their last four home games despite scoring twice.
Swansea are without a win in their last four matches (D2, L2) but have kept just two clean sheets in their last six away trips (W1, D2, L3).
- Hull have lost just one of their last five league meetings against Swansea (W3, D1, L1).
- Swansea have won just one of their last seven trips to the KCOM Stadium in all competitions (W1, L6).
- Just two of the last seven goals in this fixture have come before half time, although they all came in last two meetings which took place at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.
This is a crucial game if either team are to keep their Play-Off hopes alive but given the recent poor performances from both teams, I am not expecting much entertainment here.
Hull however are struggling without the attacking intent from Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki, which is a huge issue on top of various injuries so I am going for a narrow Swansea win.
Prediction: Hull City 0-1 Swansea City
Result: Hull City 4-4 Swansea City