Another six-pointer as the pressure begins to mount on Adkins, City welcome Preston to the KCOM on the back of a much-needed international break.
Then again, has there been a time that a break wasn’t needed this season?
Despite our dire run of form, there should be some encouragement to take out of a tough trio of games against top sides recently, conceding only one in each being the most impressive thing considering our inconsistency at the back.
Heading into Saturday’s game, I’m hopeful that Adkins will aim to replicate our last three performances in terms of our intensity and organisation in particular.
It’s alright turning up against the big guns with nothing to lose and taking the game to them, but if you don’t get enough points out of it – which we didn’t – then we need play as good, if not better against the teams in and around us.
Preston aren’t a bad team by any means, no one expected them to be where they are in the table at this point which isn’t dissimilar to our situation last season.
They’re scoring a lot of goals and look good going forward, but they’re conceding more. 42 goals in their 12 league games so far speaks for itself.
The goals have dried up massively, albeit against astute defences of late, Preston have conceded an average of two goals per game, and with Evandro missing, I don’t think Adkins has a choice other than to go with two up top, or at least with Bowen supporting the striker.
As a result, this is how I expect us to line up:
Hull City 1-0 Preston North End