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Hull City AFC vs. Millwall Match Preview

March 6, 2018

Written by:

 

19:45, Tuesday 6th March, KCOM Stadium

 

After playing against the Black Cats last weekend, the Lions now face more feline competition in the form of the Tigers of Hull City AFC.

 

With both teams coming off the back of home draws where both were trailing, Millwall and Hull will be desperate for the three points.  Hull will want them to get away from the bottom three, whilst Neil Harris will want to prove that last weekend's game against Sunderland was a wake up call.

 

Tigers may naturally be bigger and more powerful beasts than Lions in the wild, but Lions aren't called the King of the Beasts for nothing.  Our fangs may be sharper at the moment as our unbeaten run continues, but the KCOM Stadium isn't a lucky ground for Millwall.  With the South Bermondsey side's last victory at Hull being back in 1988, the team from Yorkshire will be feeling confident.

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

 


HULL CITY 1-1 Barnsley: Both teams desperately needed the win to get away from the bottom three, but only ended up cancelling each other out.  Michael Dawson's equaliser in the 73rd minute was enough to salvage a point for the Tigers, and leaves them just three points above the drop zone.

 

MILLWALL 1-1 Sunderland:  After going down in the first half to a great strike from Oviedo, Millwall rallied back and got a second half goal from Shaun Hutchinson.  Goal line technology helped Millwall, as there was an argument the goal may not have been given if the referee's watch hadn't informed him.  It wasn't the Lions' best game and Neil Harris will be expecting a better performance from his side.

 

 

LINE-UP

 

 

Hull City (4-2-3-1):

 

Hull should start with the side that rescued a point against Barnsley.   Larsson will sit just in front of the back four, but a player with his passing capability will be pulling the strings from that position.

 

 

Millwall (4-4-2):

 

Harsh to change a line-up of an unbeaten side, but as Shaun Williams came under some criticism after the Sunderland game, I think he will be rested for this midweek clash.  Expect Ryan Tunnicliffe to slot in, but the rest of the side should remain unchanged.

 

 

 

KEY BATTLE: MICHAEL DAWSON (HULL CITY) VS. LEE GREGORY (MILLWALL)

 

 

Eyebrows were raised when Michael Dawson stayed with Hull after their relegation from the Premier League, and Lee Gregory will be the player he is tasked with to keep quiet in this game.  Gregory may not have the goals that other strikers have this season, but he has been playing phenomenally well and will be a handful for the Hull captain.  If Dawson keeps the Millwall number nine at bay, then the Lions will be lucky to leave the KCOM with anything.

 

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

 

 

Back to winning ways?

 

Although Millwall are still on an unbeaten run, and at the start of the season we would've ripped your hand off for a home draw with Sunderland, the reality is we should have got three points against the Black Cats.  Neil Harris was frustrated with the result, and although Hull are one of the bigger sides that are below Millwall, Chopper has said he wants to win every game for the rest of the season.  Will we start this winning run here?

 

Time to rest players?

 

They say you should never change a winning team, and Neil Harris has stuck with this theory, but some of the Lions looked a bit off the pace against Sunderland.  One bad game should not mean a player is dropped by any means, but playing against a team near the bottom of the table when we are all but mathematically safe, could see some more minutes from those on the bench.

 

 

 

PREDICTION: HULL CITY 1-1 MILLWALL

 

 

 

Millwall have been asked to learn from the recent home draw, and even though I expect Millwall to put on a better performance, there are some places that Millwall just cannot get a result from.  The unbeaten run will continue, but a score draw is what I think will be the end result.

 

 

 

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