Tue 14
Sheffield United
The Tigers

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By Melvyn Utley
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Chance For Fringe Players To Impress In The Cup

Hull City kick off this season’s league cup run away at Sheffield United tonight. Nigel Adkins will most likely be taking the opportunity against his former club to rotate the squad and give other players some minutes.

The cup isn’t going to be high on Adkins’ list of ambitions this season so we are likely to see new signing George Long and returning World Cup stars Jackson Irvine and Kamil Grosicki receive their first starts of the season.

Adkins may also give starts to youngsters such as Brandon Fleming and Adam Curry, especially after the recent successes of the Tigers academy products Daniel Batty and Jarrod Bowen.

For Sheffield United, their new signing Oliver Norwood could be set to make his debut. The Tigers made three failed bids for him in the transfer window and even left the number 8 shirt vacant, presumably for Norwood, although he himself said “I would much rather have come to Sheffield United than go there”.

Tonight’s game will be big chances for players to step up and force their way into Adkins’ team for the next games and the rest of the season so expect to see some big performances.

Potential Starting XI:

Formation: 4-2-3-1

GK: George Long
RB: Todd Kane
CB: Angus MacDonald
CB: Reece Burke
LB: Brandon Fleming
CM: Markus Henriksen (C)
CM: Jackson Irvine
RW: Kamil Grosicki
CAM: Jon Toral
LW: David Milinković
ST: Nouha Dicko

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Match date

Tue 14, Aug 2018