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PREVIEW: HULL CITY (A)

8 November 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: HULL CITY (A)

8 November 2023

An in-depth look at our hosts at the MKM Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship

- Hull City vs Huddersfield Town
- Saturday 11 November 2023, 3pm kick-off
- A look ahead to what to expect from Hull City

Town will make the 70 mile trip to Humberside on Saturday afternoon to face Hull City at the MKM Stadium, marking the 50th time the sides have met in all-competitions.

Having first crossed paths at the old Leeds Road on 2 January 1911 in what was then Division Two, the Terriers have won 26 of the 49 meetings between the sides thus far, drawing 12 times with Hull City coming out on top on 21 occasions.

In a good spell of form against the Tigers, it’s been seven games - stretching back to 2016 - since Town tasted defeat in this game, with Hull enjoying their own decade run of dominance with five straight wins over the Terriers between 2005 and 2015.

THE OPPOSITION

A busy off-season for the Tigers with Liam Rosenior overseeing his first summer transfer window since taking over, 13 players were allowed to leave the MKM Stadium on a permanent basis with a further 15 departing on loan.

To offset that, 13 new players have been introduced on permanent contracts, with five more arriving on loan deals.

Starting the season well, Hull have lost just four times in their opening 15 games, winning six and drawing five to amass 23 points whilst sitting in ninth position. Just two points shy of the top six and the Play-Offs, the Terriers are currently eight points behind the Tigers in the Sky Bet Championship.

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THIER MANAGER

39-year-old Liam Rosenior’s first job as manager after being appointed in November 2022, the former full-back began his coaching career with Brighton & Hove Albion in their academy before making the move to Derby County.

First a specialist coach with Derby before becoming Assistant Manager to Wayne Rooney, he was briefly Interim Manager after Rooney’s departure, leaving the side himself once the club had hired their next permanent head coach.

Since arriving back at Hull City - for whom he played between 2010 and 2015 - Rosenior has won 14 of the 45 games he’s been in charge for, drawing 19 and losing 12, with his side scoring 52 and conceding 49 in that time.

LAST TIME OUT

It was an away loss at the Hawthorns for Hull City last time out, with the Baggies running out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Wallace, Phillips and Ajayi.

Having fallen behind inside 15 minutes, the Tigers did equalise before the break before conceding twice more in the second half. Having enjoyed more of the ball, Hull registered one less shot on goal than West Brom, with the home side clinical when it mattered most.

Previous Starting XI: Allsop; Coyle, Jones, McLoughlin, Greaves; Morton, Seri; Traore, Tufan, Twine; Delap (4-2-3-1)

FORMATION

Rosenior has rarely deviated from his 4-2-3-1 system since taking over at Hull City, with a spell lined up in a 4-4-2 for four matches across January and February last season his longest stretch without playing his favoured shape.

Despite twice experiment with a 3-4-2 in October, Hull have reverted to 4-2-3-1 in their last two outings and they overcame Preston North End 1-0 at home and lost 3-1 away to West Brom.

A system that allows them to commit bodies forward both centrally and out wide whilst still being able to maintain a solid block defensively behind them, Hull have shown the ability to switch for period within games to 4-4-2, either to promote more bodies into central areas or to provide further support up top to their often sole forward.

WHO TO WATCH

Alfie Jones

First joining Hull while in Sky Bet League One in the 2020/21 campaign after leaving Southampton, the defender has grown in stature within the Tigers side over time, culminating with a Player of the Year win at the end of the 2022/23 campaign with Liam Rosenior singling him out for the award. Well clear of six feet tall, the central defender has played every available minute for his side this season, with his game still improving as he enters his prime at 26 years old. A clear favourite of Rosenior’s, he agreed a new three-year deal with Hull in the summer.

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Jean Michael Seri

Ivorian midfielder Seri first came onto most supporters’ radars in England after making an eye-catching move to Fulham from Nice in the summer of 2018. Leaving the West London side twice on loan to Galatasaray and Bordeaux before the expiration of his contract, Hull City picked him up on a three-year deal on a free transfer in the summer of 2022. An all-action central midfielder with 45 caps for the Côte d’Ivoire to his name, Seri has made two assists so far his campaign, starting each Sky Bet Championship fixture for his side.

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Liam Delap

On loan from Manchester City, the 20-year-old forward is the son of former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap, with Liam following in his father’s footsteps by representing the Potters on loan in the 2022/23 campaign. Now on his third loan in the Sky Bet Championship after spending the second period of 2023 with Preston North End, it seems Delap is beginning to find his feet in first team football with four goals and one assist in the 15 appearances he’s made so far. Often playing as a long forward, Delap has now built up his fitness to complete three full matches on the bounce for Hull, having previously been substituted off in the second half in 10 other outings.

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TOWN TEAM NEWS

Town Manager Darren Moore will share an update on the availability within his squad at his next press conference on Friday 10 November when he speaks to the media.

KIT

With the home side in their traditional orange and black, the Terriers will line-up in blue and white at the MKM Stadium!

Once again, our home shirt will be adorned with a poppy as we continue to support the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal. CLICK HERE to find out more about the charity auction that will follow the game.

With a new stock of home kits recently received, you can make one of our 2023/24 strips your own with all sizes still available.

CLICK HERE to visit our online store!

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TICKET NEWS

Saturday’s game will be an all-ticket fixture, with no pay on the day offered by the home side at the MKM Stadium.

Supporters who wish to make the journey east with us will need to purchase their ticket - now available on general sale - before 2pm on Friday 10 November, at which point they will be removed from sale.

CLICK HERE for full information.

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iFOLLOW HTAFC

Kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, streaming within the UK will not be available as always, however those unable to join us who want to keep up-to-date with every second of the game can do so with an audio match pass!

CLICK HERE to find out more about how to buy.


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