Mark Fotheringham makes his home debut in the dugout as Huddersfield Town host Hull City at John Smith’s Stadium.
Victory would see Huddersfield stay second-bottom but move to within two points of safety, whereas Hull can improve into 14th position with a win.
David Kasumu is suspended for Huddersfield after he was red carded in their midweek draw at Luton.
Jonathan Hogg (calf) is a doubt but Yuta Nakayama could feature for the first time under Mark Fotheringham, having missed the last two matches for tactical reasons.
Hull have no fresh injury concerns to report following their win over Wigan.
Brandon Fleming (foot), James Scott (shin), Allah Sayyadmanesh (hamstring), Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand, Harvey Vale (both groin) and Vaughn Covil (knee) all remain ruled out.
- Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Hull (W4, D1).
- Hull have won just one of their last seven visits to Huddersfield (W1, D2, L4).
- Huddersfield have scored five goals without conceding in their last two home games against Hull (W2).
- No Huddersfield player has produced more assists without scoring this season than Sorba Thomas, who has provided five assists in 11 league appearances.
- Just two of Oscar Estupinian’s eight goals this season have been scored away from home, with both goals coming in a 5-2 defeat at West Brom in August.
Tuesday’s draw away to Luton certainly exposed Huddersfield’s vulnerabilities because whilst they were excellent on the attack with clinical goals, their defence struggled to handle long ball passes complete with quick runs through awful marking.
Hull meanwhile were initially sloppy in their comeback win over Wigan with poor marking of Will Keane’s goals, yet they showed excellent spirit to fight back and eventually force a deserved win which they now need to use as a platform to rebuild after their recent slump.
Both teams therefore have work to do if they’re to continue improving and avoid a relegation fight, so I do expect a strong battle between two teams capable of fighting higher up the table, but if Huddersfield don’t sort out their defensive issues then Hull really have to take full advantage.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Hull
Result: Huddersfield 2-0 Hull