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19/02/2018 at 19:01


PREVIEW: Middlesbrough v Hull City

Most won't be too concerned about the FA Cup defeat away at Chelsea last Friday evening, but the sharp end of Championship football will be a real focus over the next seven days, as the Tigers face a trio of Yorkshire sides, during a pivotal week in Hull City's battle against relegation. 

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Nigel Adkins remains beset with injuries to his squad, but at least can call upon the Chelsea threesome - Michael Hector, Fikayo Tomori and Ola Aina - that were excluded from the FA Cup 5th Round tie against their parent club. In addition, Abel Hernandez is now back in first team training, but is not expected to feature just yet. Seb Larsson serves the second of his two match ban, while Ryan Mason's recent retirement due to a horror clash of heads last season is a huge blow to City's survival hopes.

Middlesbrough by contrast have the luxury of no fresh injury concerns. Manager Tony Pulis could well afford to keep midfielder Mo Besic - who made his debut against Cardiff City last time out - as well as fellow loanee Jack Harrison. The Tigers have a torrid record here, not winning since 1986 and suffering eight out of nine defeats along the way. 

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