Hull City travel away to recently relegated Stoke City on Saturday and will be hoping to build some momentum after the 3-2 victory over Rotherham United during the week. Stoke haven’t won yet this season, drawing two and losing two so Gary Rowett’s men will be hoping to claim all three points at the bet365 Stadium and kickstart their season.
Head coach Nigel Adkins is unlikely to rotate, even with a game against Derby County in the League Cup second round on Tuesday with his focus remaining on the league.
Stephen Kingsley is back in contention so he is likely to replace Eric Lichaj at left-back with Lichaj going to right-back. That will mean Todd Kane may go back to the left wing position but after Jackson Irvine’s brace against Rotherham he may be forced onto the bench.
Jon Toral is also back from injury but he is very unlikely to take Evandro’s spot in the number 10 role, with the Brazilian putting in some good performances this season.
Apart from this, the team is likely to stay the same after the Rotherham performance where City played well and created good chances.
Stoke spent heavily in the summer but are yet to see any rewards having not won in the league yet. New signing Benik Afobe has scored twice but Peter Crouch may start having come on as a substitute in all four league games, scoring once. If that happens, ex-Tiger Tom Ince will be looking to put a lot of crosses into the box for Crouch to get his head onto.
Defender Ashley Williams misses out due to being sent off in their 3-0 loss to Wigan however Bruno Martins Indi is more than capable of coming in to cover in a defence that has leaked nine goals in four games in the league.
This game is big for both teams as they can see the level they will be able to see where they should be competing in the league come the end of the season. Much like Rotherham I expect goals with both sides yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Potential Starting XI:
GK: David Marshall
RB: Eric Lichaj
CB: Reece Burke
CB: Jordy de Wijs
LB: Stephen Kingsley
CM: Daniel Batty
CM: Markus Henriksen (C)
RW: Jarrod Bowen
LW: Jackson Irvine
ST: Fraizer Campbell
Written by: Alex Green