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Match Preview: Hull City vs Brentford

Thomas Frank's Bees head to Humberside

14 December 2018

Brentford head north tomorrow to take on Hull City at The KCOM Stadium. Thomas Frank's Bees will be looking for a first win in five Sky Bet Championship matches when they take to the field to. Below you will find all the latest info, team news, and match build-up ahead of the clash.

THE OPPOSITION

It's been an uninspiring start to the season for long-suffering Hull City fans as fortunes, on and off the pitch, continue to give little cause for optimism. 

With owner Assem Allam still trying to find a buyer for the club, investment on the pitch has remained limited since The Tigers dropped out of the Premier League in May 2017 and, as such, City have found it difficult to escape the lower reaches of the Championship table. That being said, Nigel Adkins side do head into Saturday's game on a run of just one defeat in seven and are unbeaten in their last three. 

A quick look through City's results quickly shows where their issues have lain this season. Adkins' side have scored just seven home goals all term, only netting more than once on one occasion. 

Given the uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the club, the majority of the summer transfer business involved players departing, rather than arriving. Reece Burke, Jordy de Wijs, Todd Kane, Tommy Elphick, and Chris Martin have all played major roles since their summer arrivals, replacing the likes of Michael Dawson, Seb Larsson, Abel Hernandez, Allan McGregor, and David Meyler. 

TEAM NEWS

Nigel Adkins is planning to be without Eric Lichaj and Reece Burke for tomorrow's game while he's also sweating on the fitness of Jordy de Wijs. 

For The Bees, Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod face prolonged spells out through injury but the rest of the squad is fit, and available to start. 

THE MANAGER

Nigel Adkins played as a goalkeeper for Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic and was player-boss at Bangor City before he turned 30. After retirement he trained as a physiotherapist and was promoted from the treatment room to the dugout at Scunthorpe United in November 2006. He won promotion in his first season in charge and then took The Iron back up in 2009 after a subsequent relegation.

Having then kept Scunthorpe up, Adkins left for Southampton, and won back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League between 2010 and 2012. Adkins was sacked by Southampton in January 2013 with The Saints comfortably placed in the top flight and he took over at Reading a few months later. He lasted just over a year at The Madjeski Stadium before a stint at Sheffield United preceded his appointment on Humberside almost exactly a year ago.

LAST-TIME AROUND

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Hull City, take a look back to our 3-2 win over The Tigers on Humberside back in September 1998.

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

πŸ—£ Thomas previews tomorrow's visit to Humberside

πŸ—£ Judge: "This is the period where players have to stand up and be counted"

πŸ”ΆπŸ”΄ Andy Davies will take charge of Saturday's game

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Tickets will be available from the Pitch Side Bar, situated next to turnstiles 1-5 on the East Side of the Ground for those that want to pay on the day.

All duplicates and collections can be collected from the Ticket Zone from 1.00pm. The Pitch Side Bar for sales on the day also opens at 1.00pm.

 All
North Stand Β£18

Check out our travel guide for getting to The KCOM Stadium

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from The KCOM Stadium with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Chris Wickham is your host from 2.55pm alongside Dave Morley.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download. 


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