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Hull will host Norwich City on Saturday after having suffered another defeat on Tuesday against fellow strugglers Millwall. The loss now leaves them only three points away from the relegation zone with 10 games to go. Their form has been patchy in recent games, performing well against teams like Sheffield United and Barnsley, and disappointing against Middlesborough and Millwall.
Nigel Adkins will be feeling the pressure even more since Gary Monk’s appointment at 22nd-placed Birmingham City. If Monk can drag City out of trouble, it may well send Hull into the bottom three. Hence, to avoid that, Hull will be looking to put up a tough show against Norwich.
The biggest boost to Hull in a long time was the appearance of Abel Hernandez in a Tigers jersey for the first time since August of last year, and he will be pushing for a start this weekend. Hull are will have to do without the services of long-term absentees Stephen Kingsley and Moses Odubajo, although the latter posted a picture of himself training a day before the Millwall game.
GK – Allan McGregor
McGregor will keep his place ahead of David Marshall, and the Scotsman will be wanting to improve his record of 2 clean sheets in 6 games.
LB – Max Clark
The young English defender was not able to keep up his usual high standards against Millwall and will be looking to bounce back against the Canaries this weekend.
CB – Ondrej Mazuch
After boss Nigel Adkins slammed Angus McDonald for his performance against Millwall, Ondrej Mazuch will be recalled to the side against Norwich.
CB – Craig Dawson
The former Spurs defender looks a shadow of his former self, but when required, the 34-year-old can prove his worth to the Tigers.
RB – Ola Aina
The on-loan Chelsea defender has shown flashes of quality during his stay in the Championship but will need to impose himself on games more if he wants a chance higher up the leagues.
DM – Markus Henriksen
The Norwegian has started 15 games so far this campaign and will be looking to keep his place in this side. In addition to that, he will need to offer more protection than he has done in the past.
DM – Sebastian Larsson
32-year-old Larsson has been the heart of the Hull team and when he gets on the front foot, he can add to the team both offensively and defensively. However, that is all too rare these days.
AM – Kamil Grosicki
Kamil Grosicki was very ineffective on the wing against Millwall, but he should be given another chance to impress against Norwich. That said, the player may be running out of chances.
AM – Jackson Irvine
Irvine is another player who may well be in last chance saloon, according to manager Nigel Adkins, who hauled him off after 59 minutes against Millwall.
AM – Jarrod Bowen
The talented young attacker must be fed up of being the only shining light in the Hull team, but he put in another stellar performance against Millwall. He will enjoy playing with Hernandez.
ST – Abel Hernandez
The talismanic 27-year-old striker must have felt very inspired after coming back on the pitch on Tuesday night. He could start this game, and his return from injury will give Adkins another attacking option.