Well…where to start with this one? Tuesday night may seem like the right place, but in the grand scheme of things, a 4-0 home embarrassment at the hands of Saturday’s opponents in front of less than 5,000 spectators is a mere reflection of the on going circumstances at the club.
Friday, however, can’t seem to come quick enough as teams continue to strengthen in our six week transfer absence.
Deadline day has sprung up quite a few surprises in recent times for the Tigers, and with the alarming lack of depth and Championship experience in the squad, the fans are praying that someone, somewhere can manage to pull a few miraculous strings.
Heading into Saturday’s game, Frank Lampard’s Derby County have endured a worryingly impressive transfer window that have seen many teams look on in awe, and for some, including Hull City, a transfer window reminiscent of better days.
The gulf in class was there for all to see in Derby’s rampant victory just four days prior to the league fixture, and despite Nigel Adkins fielding a weaker side, there will be equally low expectations this time around.
The odds are unsurprisingly stacked against us going into the game, and I feel that under the pressure and criticism the team have received as of late, they could easily get turned over for a second time in less than a week.
Derby, on the other hand, are specialists in dropping unnecessary points, and I believe that Saturday could be one of those days where they turn up in high spirits, almost as if they’ve won the game before a ball has been kicked.
After nine changes in midweek, I expect Adkins to revert back to the same team that played at the Bet365 Stadium. Our strongest side that is due a creditable performance and result at the KCOM.
Therefore, my prediction is Hull City 1-1 Derby County.
Predicted Line-Up: Marshall; Lichaj, Burke, de Wijs, Kingsley; Bowen, Henriksen, Batty, Kane; Evandro; Campbell.