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25/09/2017 at 19:50


PREVIEW: Hull City v Preston North End

Two games unbeaten now, but it really feels like two defeats after the deflating late goal at home to a poor Sunderland could only muster a point, followed by a sickening late concession away at Reading, when City looked well placed to clinch a much needed maximum to revive their season. Tis early days, but at the same time, mightily frustrating ones at that. 

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We won here once, y'know...

Manager Leonid Slutsky had to do without Kamil Grosicki for the trip to Madejeski Stadium due to a knock, but the Polish international winger remains in the squad for Tuesday night's encounter with Preston North End. Jackson Irvine made his first start for the Tigers at Reading and will be hoping to keep his place, but Markus Henriksen will be pushing for a recall. Nouha Dicko made way for a scoring Fraizer Campbell on Saturday, but Slutsky may decide to change formation and play both forwards in a bid to claim that elusive victory.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil is enjoying his time at Deepdale and the high flying Lillywhites are seeking back to back away wins when arriving in East Yorkshire. Paul Gallagher missed the 0-0 home draw with Millwall on Saturday due to illness and is rated as doubtful for the trip over to the right side of the Pennines. Ben Pearson also missed that match with a dead leg and seems set to miss out for the second game running. Josh Harrop may be recalled to the midfield.

City's recent record against Preston is excellent on home soil, not tasting a defeat since 1992 - a run that boasts winning five of the six previous encounters during that time. But you know when you really need a win... 

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