Hull City vs Swansea City preview

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 4:15pm

By Ali McDowall

Hull will look to put an end to their losing streak whereas Swansea hope to re-energise their promotion push on Friday night.

Hull have slipped down the table at an alarming rate having lost five of their last six Championship matches. Meanwhile Swansea are winless in four and are sliding out of playoff contention. 

With both sides low on confidence, the fixture could be a crucial turning point in both sides’ seasons as they look to build some momentum towards the climax of the Championship campaign. 

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Hull are still searching for their first win since New Years’ Day as their struggles continued at Ewood Park on Tuesday, suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn. 

Whilst Chris McCann’s side are still 10 points clear of the drop, should this poor run of form continue they risk being dragged into a relegation battle. 

The hosts are yet to show any signs of conviction in their campaign and with just forty points in the bag, the home team are currently sitting fifteen in the table, seven points adrift of ninth-placed Swansea.

By contrast, the Welsh outfit have looked sharp in their outings this season. Impressively, they have salvaged at least a point in twelve of their previous fifteen trips on the road.

Although the Swans have seen their hopes of a top-six finish take a hit following a four-game winless run, they are only six point off the play-off places and a return to winning ways at the KCOM Stadium will get them back on track. 

It does seem doom and gloom for the Tigers as of late but they have won nine of their last 11 home games in all competitions against Swansea, winning the last four in a row, so this offers a prime opportunity to bounce back. 

Team News 

Hull City 

Hull's injury list remains substantial with :James Scott, Josh Bowler, Martin Samuelsen, Matthew Pennington, Jordy de Wijs, Kevin Stewart, Eric Lichaj, and Herbie Kane all still unavailable for selection.

The latter two are feared to miss the remainder of the season due to the severity of their ankle injuries.

On-loan Marcus Maddison should keep his spot in an attacking area, but it would not be a surprise to see McCann shuffle his pack following the defeat at Blackburn.

Swansea

Meanwhile Swansea have been hit with the news that midfielder George Byers will be out for the rest of the season with the ankle injury that he picked up against Derby County last weekend.

Mike van der Hoorn and Jordon Garrick also still on the sidelines through injury, but Steve Cooper's side did not pick up any fresh issues against QPR on Tuesday night.

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