PR: Hull City vs Preston NE
We get used to players kissing the club crest on their shirts and thumping their chests in gestures of love for the club, so it was very pleasing that Tom Eaves has said in interviews that he actually loves being here and loves living here. What is even more pleasing is that he is finding that promised form and the back of the net. It makes me smile just thinking about it… Thanks Tom!
This Saturday’s game against Preston North End will pose a challenge for Tom as the arrival of Allahyar Sayyadmanesh brings a bit of competition to the striker position and Shota Arveladze may want to ring the changes up front.
That said, what an exciting position to be in, an established striker who has fond his form and a young prospect, who is highly rated. Add to that mix Marcus Forss and Ryan Lowe the Preston manager, will have his work cut out putting together a game plan.
Shota will be looking to add to the three match unbeaten run.
Preston are 5 places above the Tigers as things stand and they to are unbeaten in 3. That said, having just three wins from nine matches in all competitions, it would be easy to say that Ryan Lowe’s start at Preston has been somewhat of a mixed bag.
The Lillywhites are in a good position in the table and it would not be a surprise to see them sneak into the play offs.
Positivity is the key word around the Tigers. As Acun Ilcali has said, the next three weeks will see where our destiny is. Two months ago we would have been happy to just be avoiding relegation, now we look up the table and think positive thoughts about promotion.
I think back to February 2008 and my decision to buy my first season pass, we where 8th and the rest is history. Oddly, I have the same feeling now as I did then “Dare to Dream.” The pundits will be in a right old frenzy if we have just two or three more wins!
Hull City Team News:
Will Shota stick with the same starters as against Swansea? With Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Marcus Forss and Liam Walsh all available, it could be an interesting teamsheet. One consideration has to be that Allahayr was training with the squad in the week before he actually signed and this must mean that he will be raring to go.
Will George Honeyman be rested to give what appears to be a painful shoulder injury time to heal?
For a change there are too many permutations to try to guess who will start or what formation, Shota will use.
Preston Team News:
Ryan Lowe has to decide who will replace the injured Andrew Hughes, with Greg Cunningham or new arrival Bambo Diaby both options on the left-hand side of a back three. Patrick Bauer or Liam Lindsay are also an alternative in that area with Lowe to give consideration to using the pair alongside Sepp van den Berg.
Midfielder Alan Browne and striker Cameron Archer will also feel like they are in contention to earn a recall to the Preston XI.
Hull City possible starting lineup:
Baxter; Bernard, Greaves, McLoughlin; Longman, Docherty, Smallwood, Fleming; Honeyman; Eaves, Lewis-Potter
Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Lindsay, Cunningham; Potts, Whiteman, Ledson, Earl; Browne; Riis Jakobsen, Archer
Thank you to Hull City OSC for the report and their continued support.