Hull City vs Birmingham City – Preview

Mar 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Blues News, Lead Article, Matches

Team News

Ex-Blue Sone Aluko is out for the season but Hull will have new signing George Boyd available.

For Blues Marlon King will miss out again and Mitch Hancox is listed as doubtful due to a thigh injury.  New loan signing Shane Ferguson has been included in the squad replacing Rob Hall who has gone back to West Ham.

Reverse fixture

Blues gave Hull a three goal head start back in November conceding all goals in the first thirty minutes. After that they fought back well with goals by Morrison and King meaning it ended in a narrow 3-2 defeat.

Recent Form

Hull had a run of three straight wins broken by a 4-1 defeat at Bolton last weekend. They are currently in 3rd place level on points with second place Watford.

Blues moved to 16th last weekend and have won three and drawn two of their last six games.

Outlook

Last weekend’s win at Peterborough was a massive win in the race for survival. A defeat would have dragged us back into it but now we have some breathing space. Before the Brighton game I said that we needed five wins and five draws and we have already got three of each. By the time we play Wolves on Easter Monday we could have achieved that target and we can enjoy making the “Going Down” chants at someone else. March will be a difficult month though with away trips to three of the top seven, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and first up Steve Bruce’s Hull City.

Of those three Hull should give the toughest test as they are in the best form and look the most likely to challenge for an automatic promotion spot. At home they have been particularly strong winning their last three. Ironically they did us a favour last week by taking George Boyd from Peterborough the day before we played them but we will have to face him tomorrow. At least we won’t have to face Sone Aluko, who scored twice in November, as he is out for the season. Lee Clark mentioned this week that Hull play a “Very different formation” and that he has devised a game plan to deal with it. It will be interesting to see what that is but I expect stopping their Egyptian stars Gedo and Elmohamady will be at the heart of it. Maybe he’s going to summon a plague of locusts, it worked for Moses.

Nikola Zigic’s goal last weekend while just a tap in should have cemented his place in the team.  I would expect that the game plan for tomorrow would include playing just one up front which is likely to be him.  If Peter Lovenkrands plays then it’s likely to be wide on the left.  With Mitch Hancox facing a late fitness test Shane Ferguson may start his Blues career at left back even though I understand that he was bought to replace Rob Hall in midfield.  With home games against Blackpool and Derby to come this is not one of our must win games so anything that can be gained is a bonus.  A point tomorrow followed by four more from the two at St Andrews will put us in good shape.  How well we do may be affected by how Hull’s confidence is affected by their heavy defeat at Bolton.  I predicted 2-1 to Peterborough last week and that turned out well so I’m going to do the same again.

My prediction

Hull City 2 Blues 1

C’mon you Blue Boys.

 

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One Comment to “Hull City vs Birmingham City – Preview”

  1. Russ says:

    Why don’t we opt for the ‘plague of frogs’? (insert racist joke about a team of Frenchmen, akin to Watford’s Italian setup here) Good preview. Seems a good shout, be nice to get another clean sheet, eh? Be even nicer if Clark’s Masterplan worked ;)

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