Hull City travels to face Bristol City in a crucial Championship clash on Friday, aiming to extend their lead in the playoff race. Meanwhile, Bristol City, coming off a recent victory, seeks to climb the standings.
Under Liam Rosenior’s guidance, Hull City has made impressive strides this season, earning 36 points from 22 matches, keeping them within reach of third-placed Leeds United.
Following a notable comeback win at Middlesbrough and a convincing victory against Cardiff City, Hull sits six points ahead of 12th-placed Cardiff, emphasizing the importance of securing vital points in the playoff chase.
Their solid away record of five wins in 11 games also boosts their confidence, despite a previous winless run.
Bristol City, led by Liam Manning, recently halted a sequence of defeats with a crucial 1-0 win over Sunderland.
While currently positioned 14th in the standings, they’re only seven points behind Hull City, highlighting the significance of securing a win in this encounter.
Bristol City mirrors Hull’s home record, creating a compelling clash at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City might maintain their effective 4-4-2 formation following the win against Sunderland, possibly making slight changes.
Players like Joe Williams, Andreas Weimann, and Sam Bell could feature, while Nakhi Wells might remain on the bench.
Hull City is expected to stick with their recent winning lineup, with no changes anticipated unless due to fitness concerns. Jaden Philogene remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Bristol City: (4-4-2)
Tanner, Vyner, Dickie, Pring;
Sykes, James, Gardner-Hickman, Mehmeti;
Hull City: (4-2-3-1)
Christie, Jones, Greaves, Coyle;
Delap, Tufan, Twine;
Prediction: Bristol City 1-2 Hull City
While Bristol City will aim to build on their recent win, Hull City’s form and aspirations for promotion may give them the edge in this encounter. Expect a tightly contested game, but Hull could secure a narrow victory, solidifying their playoff ambitions.