PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Hull City

PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Hull City

Up next at Hillsborough are Hull City, as Wednesday look to continue the most lethargic unbeaten run in the history of Association Football.

Carlos’ boys have now played out three consecutive draws, but will be hoping to go one better against Hull in our first meeting since the 2016 play-off final.

Since then, Hull enjoyed/endured one season of top flight football, stuttering to relegation despite Marco Silva’s managerial rescue attempt.

The side that takes to the Hillsborough pitch will bare little resemblance to the victorious squad at Wembley.

Wednesday, by contrast, are likely to feature the bulk of the same team.

The tumultuous times on Humberside are, of course, largely thanks to ownership troubles; it is worth noting however that relegated Premier League sides are finding it more difficult in the football league at present.

So, rewind to your ascent up Wembley Way.

What’s it to be? Relegation in twelve months and a period of adjustment to second tier life?

Or continued steady improvement without the trips to Anfield?

I suppose it depends on your definition of ‘improvement’.

 

 

Wednesday briefly broke their recent monotony by scoring two goals in one game at Ipswich.

Unfortunately, despite Atdhe Nuhiu’s late reminder that he is indeed still alive, the two goals were only enough for one point.

Another game, another failure to register a shot in anger followed at Reading.

Two away points then – not necessarily bad results – but with this Wednesday side, lacking spark, scoring fewer and conceding more than at any time under Carlos Carvalhal, you have to wonder when this campaign will ever kick into second gear.

Is this it now? Are we destined for mid-table mediocrity this season?

Lee challenges for the ball at Reading

Mediocrity looks to be the best of aspirations for Saturday’s visitors.

Hull currently sit just a couple of places above the relegation zone, they have one win in eight.

At least they’re entertaining, though, with their games featuring the most goals (67) of any Championship side.

Last time out, they lost at home to Bristol City, and before that, they drew 2-2 with Ispwich and endured a goalless stalemate. Yes, we’re still on Hull.

As mentioned previously, the side that walks out at Hillsborough will be almost entirely different from our last meeting.

The lively Kamil Grosicky will be their biggest threat, he fleet-footed trickery and powerful shot are two weapons to beware on the Owls’ right.

Other players of note include former Burton midfielder Jackson Irvine, Frazier Campbell, youngster Jarrod Bowen and former Football Manager must-buy Markus Henriksen.

 

 

LAST 5 Reading (A) Ipswich (A) Bristol C. (H) Villa (A) Millwall (H) Barnsley (H)
WEDNESDAY D 0-0 D 2-2 D 0-0 W 2-0 W 2-1 D 1-1

 

LAST 5  Bristol C. (H) Millwall (A) Ipswich (A) United (A) Hull (H)
HULL L 2-3 D 0-0 D 2-2 L 1-4 L 1-3

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS HULL WINS DRAWS
  20 12 18


 

LAST MEETING

 

Hull City 1-0 Wednesday

28 May 2016, Wembley, Att: Not Enough

Wednesday didn’t turn up. The game was dire for the neutral – yes I watched it back – very few chances for either side punctuated some keep ball.

Mo Diame’s lovely long range effort was the difference, he’d already hit the post in the first half.

Wednesday came closest, amusingly, through Jeremy Helan.

What a chuffing day though. Shame about the journey back.

 

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Fletcher could come in for Rhodes to offer Wednesday a little more physical presence at the top end.

Wednesday need to move the ball much quicker than they did against Bristol Ipswich Reading but are not likely to make sweeping changes.

It’s a common and often lazy criticism, but in this case it’s true – Wednesday are crying out for some pace and direct play on the flanks.

Carlos made six changes against Reading but will likely revert to his favourites here. Out of sorts players, including Lees, Loovens, Wallace and Hooper all need a performance.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

LEES

LOOVENS

FOX

WALLACE

LEE

BANNAN

REACH

HOOPER

FLETCHER

KEY PLAYERS

 

Time to shine, Kieran

KIERAN LEE – This section has literally been copied from a previous preview, which illustrates three things: 1) the side are crying out for Lee to provide his best; 2) Kieran Lee needs a performance, and; 3) I didn’t watch Peaky Blinders on Wednesday night and I’m desperate to finish this in order to watch it. Don’t @ me.

Wednesday are desperate from some energy in midfield, for someone to link with Bannan to play defence-splitting triangles.

Lee, when allowed to drift across the pitch, can quietly become Wednesday’s most dangerous player.

He’s got a goal in him too, remember, and already has a couple on this ground in a Wednesday shirt.

JARROD BOWEN – Has ten league goals this season, which is eight more than the entire Wednesday side.

He’ll be looking forward to playing against Lees and Loovens, who’ve apparently forgotten how to defend.

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

 

BET Wednesday WIN Hull WIN DRAW
0-0 Hull/Draw
BEST ODDS 9/10 7/2 37/13 10/1 16/1
BOOKIES Bet Victor

 

HUGH’S VERDICT:

Carlos has promised a more attacking outlook against Hull, bemusingly promising to explain why at the end of the season.

It’s not really a difficult answer, Wednesday registered fewer than 10 shots on target in November, a pitiful number for any side let alone one that chases promotion.

I look forward in earnest to another 0-0.

VERDICT – Likelihood of “attack, attack, attack attack attack” chant? Certain.

Hugh
Owls Alive
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Images: SWFC, unless stated. Line up images: Getty.


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