After an encouraging performance in Tuesday night’s victory over Rotherham, the Tigers face a difficult trip to Stoke on Saturday looking to continue their six-game unbeaten run away from home in the league.
Gary Rowett’s side have struggled with life in the Championship following their 10-year stint in the top flight. Despite failing to register a win in their opening four league games, it could be a matter of time before a squad oozing with Premier League talent starts to find their feet.
Many people would deem this the perfect time to play the Potters given their current form, but Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan will have ruffled a few feathers in the dressing room no doubt, which I expect will have a effect similar to what the Blackburn game had on Hull.
Consequently, Adkins’ men will have their work cut out going into this one. The team is expected to remain unchanged from Tuesday with no recent transfer or injury news. Let’s just hope we can carry some momentum into this game, we looked fitter, stronger and more determined all over the pitch, and having had an extra day’s rest, a similar approach could reap similar rewards.
However, playing with the same attacking freedom and intensity throughout could leave us vulnerable at the back against a side full of dangerous attacking presence. The likes of Afobe, Ince and McClean are all yet to make their mark and show their quality this season, which is worrying, looking on paper, you’d expect them to have a field day against our defence.
As a result, a resilient performance is required from the Tigers if we are to take home a share of the spoils, but I believe that on the day, Stoke will just have too much for us in search of a long-awaited first win.
My prediction is Stoke City 2-1 Hull City
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