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24/08/2017 at 15:00


PREVIEW: Hull City v Bolton Wanderers

Already, just five games into the Championship season, this Friday night home game with Bolton Wanderers feels like a 'must win' encounter if Hull City are seriously going to challenge for the play-offs and beyond. Wow, already. It's the nature of the beast in this league and a trait this club should be well versed with by now, as we fast become the archetypal Premier League yo-yo club. Let's see how long that lasts, given our ownership issues and vocal protests in the Caraboa Cup trip to Doncaster in midweek. 

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Trotters at the Circle

Leonid Slutsky is boosted by the swelling of his squad this week, despite Sam Clucas' departure to Swansea City for £16.5m. Stephen Kingsley comes the other way for an undisclosed fee - and will probably make his debut at left back. In addition Jon Toral has been snapped up on a permanent deal believed to be around the £3m mark from Arsenal to boost our attacking midfield options. Ryan Mason will undergo a third opinion as he continues his rehabilitation from a fractured skull. Kevin Stewart and Fraizer Campbell are ruled out.

Bolton Wanderers visit East Yorkshire with former manager Phil Parkinson coming back to the Circle. Currently in the bottom three in the Championship after two draws and two losses, the Trotters are feeling the pinch of a current transfer embargo following their promotion from League One last term. Josh Vela (ankle) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) are ruled out with injury, while experienced David Wheater will require a late fitness test before being considered for a return. 

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