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In focus: Hull City match preview

10 December 2020

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Hull City.

Hull City have enjoyed a stellar start to their promotion campaign and currently sit top of the pile on the Sky Bet League One table. With 11 wins from 15, the Tigers are strong favourites to achieve promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.

With an average 14.07 shots per match, the home side have proved to be a strong force in the final third as they look to score their way to promotion. Whilst being a threat at the top, the Tigers have achieved eight clean sheets this season - proving to be a tough team to break down.

Shrewsbury Town travel to the KCOM Stadium in search of three points but haven't met the home side since 2003.

Name: Hull City Association Football Club

Nickname: The Tigers

Founded: 1904 (116 years ago)

Stadium: KCOM Stadium

Capacity: 25,586

Chairman/owner: Assem Allam

Biggest win: 11-1 v Carlisle United, Division Three (North), 14th January 1939

Biggest loss: 0-8 v Wigan Athletic, Championship, 14th July 2020

Highest league finish: 16th, Premier League, 2013-14

Read Steve Cotterill’s thoughts ahead of the fixture…

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Steve Cotterill previews Town's clash with Hull City

The Manager – Grant McCann

Grant McCann was appointed as Head Coach of Hull City on 21 June 2019 on a one-year rolling contract and made the Tigers his third managed club after Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers.

During his playing career, the Northern Ireland international began his career with West Ham and had loan spells at Livingston and Notts County before moving to Cheltenham Town.

So far during his managerial career, McCann has achieved a win percentage of 40.6%.

Goalkeeper – Matt Ingram

Matt Ingram joined Hull City from Queens Park Rangers in June 2019, signing an initial three-year deal at the KCOM Stadium. Ingram has previously represented: Wycombe Wanderers, Lewes, Hayes & Yeading United, Oxford City, Queens Park Rangers, Northampton Town.

So far this season, Hull City have kept eight clean sheets as the fight for an automatic promotion spot with Ingram in-between the sticks.

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Defender – Jacob Greaves

Having signed for the Club as an eight-year-old, young defender Jacob Greaves progressed through the Academy ranks to sign his first professional deal in April 2019.

Son of former Tigers defender Mark, the centre-back put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with a Club option for a further year having skippered the U18s in 2018/19.

Midfielder – George Honeyman

Hull City completed the signing of George Honeyman on a three-year deal in August 2019. The midfielder joined the Tigers from boyhood club Sunderland, first signing for the Black Cats' Academy set-up at the age of ten.

Following his switch to the Tigers, Honeyman finished the 2019/20 campaign with one goal in 44 appearances in all competitions. However, this season, the midfielder has netted two times for his team in the league. Hull's number 10 has also provided seven assists for his team so far during this campaign and is a danger man in the Tigers' engine room.

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Forward – Mallik Wilks

A forward with exceptional pace, trickery and power, Mallik Wilks became the latest addition to Grant McCann's squad when arriving from Barnsley on loan in January 2020.

Having progressed through the youth system at Leeds United, Wilks furthered his footballing education with loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town in 2017/18. Wilks has hit a purple patch this season and is the Tigers' top league goal-scorer with six goals to his name. The forward has also assisted his teammates on two occasions on the front line.

League stats:

Results: P15 W11 D1 L3

Last five results: WWWWD

Win percentage: 73%

Average points per game: 2.27

Average goals scored per game: 1.80

Average goals per game: 2.60

Average shots per match: 14.07

Average possession: 48%

Fouls per match: 7.47

Offsides per match: 3.60

Top goal-scorer: Mallik Wilks - 6

Top Assists: George Honeyman - 7

Most cards: George Honeyman - 4

Most frequent FT score: 1-0 (3 times)

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