Back to business after what has felt like an age since the 2-1 defeat to Derby, and as much as the international break is a disruption, it perhaps came at the right time for two sides who have had a lot to reflect and improve on from the opening six matches.
A pair of fresh new faces oozing with Championship quality will have no doubt lifted the Hull City dressing room, and with the time they’ve had to settle in before playing could mean we see them hit the ground running immediately.
Even with the signing of a long-awaited target man to partner one of Fraizer Campbell or Nouha Dicko, it is doubtful that Adkins will venture away from a 4-2-3-1 set up and opt with two up front, but if he was ever to experiment with it I think that this game is the perfect opportunity.
Paul Hurst’s side occupy one of the three relegation spots below the Tigers and have found taking chances and holding onto results equally as difficult so far this season, and if Hull can replicate the league performance against Derby, we could finally get off the mark at the KCOM.
The record between the two sides in recent years certainly stands in our favour aswell, unbeaten in the last 11 encounters (8W, 3D) including a 3-0 victory at Portman Road in March.
Looking to extend that run to 12 games, this is how I expect the home side to line up:
Lichaj Elphick Burke Kingsley
Bowen Evandro Kane
There is potential for Adkins to mix things up and bring Elphick into a back three and go with Campbell and Martin up front, either way, both new arrivals cannot be left out of a team crying out for those calibre of players to shore up the defence and provide an extra threat going forward.
As a result, my prediction for this one is Hull City 2-0 Ipswich Town.