Hull City will be looking to get their season back on track tomorrow at the KCOM Stadium. After two more disappointing defeats on the road Leonid Slutsky will want some home comforts against struggling Sunderland. City’s away form is awful as was demonstrated by the thumping at Derby and the defeat at Fulham but they have been much better on home soil so far this season.
This was a Premier League fixture last season but now both clubs are struggling in the bottom half of the Championship. Sunderland fans had big expectations of an instant return to the promised land at the start of this season but the harsh reality is catching up with them as it is with City. This is set to be a massive game for both clubs because whoever loses will be nervously looking over their shoulders even at this early stage.
Simon Grayson is already under pressure. Sunderland are a massive club with a huge fan base and they will have expected to be challenging at the top and not struggling at the bottom. City need to capitalise this and hit them early. If they score an early goal the Sunderland players may well panic and it could be an easy afternoon for Slutsky’s side.
If City are to win tomorrow young star Jarrod Bowen may well have something to do with it. As his much older and more experienced teammates falter the young flyer has netted 5 goals which sees him sit joint top of the Championship goalscoring charts. Bowen has really stepped up to the plate this season and hopefully others around him take a leaf out of the young lads book. If they do City might score a few more goals!
Leonid Slutsky alluded to his side’s home form in his pre match comments “”Each home match is a serious chance for us but also a serious challenge and Sunderland are a good team, just like every team in the Championship, We are at home and we will play to win with maximum aggression in attack”
“We will see on Saturday who is adapting more quickly. There are many difficult teams to play against in the Championship, but we need a win against a big team in this league like Sunderland because we haven’t had one yet”
Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is refusing to be downbeat ahead of tomorrow’s game ““I was really pleased with how we played and when I watched the game back again we were really pleased with how we played, We were probably the most dominant we have been over a period in terms of how we affected the play and how we kept the ball. The one thing that was missing was (our ability) to put the ball in the back of the net”
Leonid Slutsky has no fresh injury concerns after Wednesday’s defeat to Fulham. Fraizer Campbell could start after coming off the bench on Wednesday.
Sunderland have slightly more to worry about on the injury front. Striker Lewis Grabban is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem picked up in midweek. Brendan Galloway (ankle) is also a doubt for the Black Cats, but Lamine Kone (groin) and Aiden McGeady (hamstring) could both feature.