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Match Preview: Hull City

Get all the info on the final game of the 2017/18 season

4 May 2018

Hull City are the final visitors to Griffin Park this season, on Sunday 6 May at 12.30pm. Due to the fact that they can neither lose ground no gain it, The Tigers will finish the season 18th in the Sky Bet Championship whatever the result at the weekend.

The Bees can still finish as high as seventh in the league if other results go their way, but can also drop one place into tenth depending on the result between Bristol City and Sheffield United. That's a guaranteed fourth consecutive top ten finish for Dean Smith's men in England's second tier. 

The Opposition

Hull's season so far has seen them win 11 games, draw 15 and lose 19. This form had them drop down the table pretty early on and currently finds them just six places above the bottom of the league.

Team News

Rico Henry continues his stint on the sidelines with an injury he picked up against Middlesbrough earlier this season. Apart from that, Dean Smith has no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday's season finale.

Hull are still without the services of former Brentford fullback Moses Odubajo. The 24-year-old only returned to training in March after missing 19 months of football with a knee injury.

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 kept Scunthorpe up the following season, 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.

Pre-Match Views

Opposition View: Will Jackson of the Hull Daily Mail takes us through Hull's season

Ref Watch: James Linington in charge of final day

Match Coverage

Matchday Live will be hosted by Mark Burridge on Sunday from noon. Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble will join him for analysis and co-commentary from the last day of the 17/18 campaign.

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