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15/09/2017 at 11:41


PREVIEW: Hull City v Sunderland

After seven matches of the season, it's difficult to put in to perspective how critical this home game with Sunderland is this Saturday. After double defeat on the road, Hull City have to get back to winning ways sharpish, if they wish to become realistic contenders for the play-off and promotion race. The Black Cats are shot with confidence themselves, after four straight losses, but City have this uncanny knack of being Sunderland's saviours with alarming regularity. See last season's top flight encounter here, for damning proof. 

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City really need to put Sunderland to the sword

Trying to place a positive slant on affairs, City are the division's top scorers and have rifled in 10 goals in three home games so far this season. Much of that is down to the stunning start young Jarrod Bowen has had to the campaign - the winger netting five times in seven games - leading to the Championship's young player of the month for August award. Fikayo Tomori will be hoping for a home debut in defence, while Jackson Irvine will be pushing for his first start in midfield, after arriving from Burton Albion.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson is adamant his side are working hard to remedy four straight losses. It's just typical that Hull City are next in line to break such a run - but the Tigers need to take confidence from their goal scoring record on home turf, surely? Two big injury blows for the Wearsiders see John O'Shea and Lewis Grabban ruled out of contention. Aiden McGeady and Lamine Kone are subject to late fitness tests. Duncan Watmore has featured in a recent U23 match, but the game comes to soon to be considered.

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