Match Preview: Hull City

The KCOM Stadium | 11TH JANUARY 2020 | 15:00

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Our Focus turns to this weekends trip to East Yorkshire as Fulham take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium. Both teams have suffered from inconsistency so far this season and are separated by just three points in the table. There’s bound to be goals in this encounter with both sides boasting a prolific front line so far, with the clubs star players Aleksander Mitrović and Jarrod Bowen making up two of the top three goalscorers in the division.

Fulham have never won at the KCOM Stadium and this visit is not going to be an easy one either…

Head To Head

  • Fulham wins 31 | Draws 28 | Hull wins 36.
  • Fulham have played Hull in all 4 divisions and both domestic cups.
  • Fulham have never won at the KCOM Stadium. In 5 visits, we’ve lost 4 and drew the most recent trip 2-2 during Slav’s unbeaten run.
  • Our worst Premier League defeat came at the KCOM Stadium in 2013 when we lost 6-0. It was 0-0 at half time!
  • This is the joint most goals we’ve conceded in one half of football. The other occasion was when we lost 10-0 to Liverpool.
  • The last time we did the double over Hull was in 1996/97 when we were promoted under Micky Adams.
  • In the last 10 meetings Fulham have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 5 including the reverse fixture in November, 0-3 at the Cottage.

Hull City in 2019/20

  • League Position: 9th
  • League Form: WWLWD
  • Average Possession: 46.5%
  • Top Scorers: Jarrod Bowen (17), Tom Eaves (7).
  • Form Table (Last 6 Matches): 7th (10pts)
  • Discipline: 48 Yellows | 2 Reds
  • Clean sheets: 7
  • Both teams have scored in 14 of their 26 league matches.

Players in Common

Image: David Rogers/Getty

Liam Rosenior

Fulham: 92 apps, 1 goal (2003-2007)

Hull City: 161 apps, 1 goal (2010-2015)

Sone Aluko, Kevin Betsy, Jimmy Bullard, Tom Cairney, Tony Finnigan, Kyle Lightbourne, Lazar Markovic, Chris Martin, Liam Rosenior, David Stockdale, Michael Turner and Tony Warner.

Josh’s View (@joshwalford99)

After coming out of the busy festive period with inconsistent performances and a mixed bag of results, we face another stern test away at Hull. The tigers have been in fine form in the league as of late, with only one loss from their previous five fixtures. Despite being four places below us in the table if they were to take all three points, they would be level with us on 42. This not only demonstrates the competitiveness of the Championship, but the importance of each and every game in our bid for promotion. Consistency is what has been lacking this season, and with a side tipped for automatic promotion at the beginning of the year, the pressure continues to build for Scott Parker. With little managerial experience it will be interesting to see how he deals with that and whether he can help conjure a string of positive results.

Main man Aleksandar Mitrovic should return to the side after being rested in our 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the FA cup. The big Serbian striker already has 18 goals this season and will prove pivotal if we are to secure one of the playoff places or better at the end of the campaign. A positive for Fulham is the performance of Michael Hector in his first team debut against Aston Villa. He looked composed and confident at the back as well as adding some much-needed height to our backline. Despite the good performance, Hector will face another tough test on Saturday in the form of Jarrod Bowen. The Hull City forward has played every single minute for them in the Championship so far, netting 16 goals in 26 appearances. Hector along with the rest of our defence will have to be aware of the threat he poses and play to their best in order to stop him. With the January transfer window in full motion we must be looking to add to our defence. With one or two more signings at the back in this window along with the addition of Hector, I am hopeful we can start keeping more clean sheets as the season goes on. We have already made Ivan Cavaleiro permanent this month, offering the Portuguese winger a four-and-a-half-year deal. Hopefully he feels settled at the cottage and can now kick on with the rest of the team. Another positive recently has been Anthony Knockaert, he has started to show us glimpses of the performances he displayed week in week out for Brighton.

This will certainly be a challenging game, like most  in this division, but with the introduction of Hector I have a good feeling. I’m going with a 1-2 victory with goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Aleksandar Mitrovic.