Hull City v Birmingham: Preview

Blues travel to East Yorkshire to the KCOM Stadium to face mid-table Hull.

Build Up

Hull haven’t had the best start to the season and take on a Blues side who are looking far better under the stewardship of caretaker boss Lee Carsley. They drew 1-1 with Reading and lost 2-1 to an impressive Preston.

Steve Cotterill was named as the new man in charge of the Blues on Friday so the players will be out to impress the new manager. Cotterill was part of Harry Redknapp’s backroom staff last season when Blues fought off relegation to League 1 so he knows some of the squad already. He turned down the chance to stay on as assistant as it is thought he believed Harry would be moving upstairs whilst he took the main job. Carsley will still be in charge for the trip to Hull and will stay on as assistant to Cotterill who will take full control from Monday.

Blues do have a few players out injured Che Adams, Jota, Carl Jenkinson, David Stockdale and Jason Lowe are out while Hull have Stephen Kingsley missing.

Jarrod Bowen is in decent form for the Tigers having hit 5 goals in his last 7 games so blues will need to be wary of his goal threat.

Opposition Opinion

For the trip to Hull we asked youtube Vlogger Will Huyton for his opinion.

After being relegated from the Premier League last season, it was never going to be easy to bounce back at the first attempt. Our owners did their same old trick of selling all our best players for big money and replacing them with loans. It’s safe to say it’s not been the start to the season many Hull fans would have expected. With only 2 wins in all competitions this season and still get to break out 23 game winless streak away from home, something needs to change.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out we aren’t the happiest bunch at the moment. Our fans hatred towards current owners Ehab and Assam Allam has been kept no secret. Since his attempted change of the clubs name he has since put the club up for sale and has had several approaches made but has decided to hold on to our 103 year old club.

If Hull are to have any chance this season the owners simple have to go as to many fans, it seems like the beginning of the end.

Previous Meetings

3rd March 2016

Birmingham City 1-0 Hull City

The last meeting between the two clubs was back in 2016. A solitary goal from Jon Toral gave Blues victory at home. Toral signed for the Tigers in August but has yet to hit the net.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ajcmgALUnM

17th November 2012

Birmingham City 2-3 Hull City

Former Blues striker Sone Aluko grabbed a brace as Hull beat Lee Clarks Blues 3-2 at St Andrews back in 2012. James Chester made it three nil before a cracking half volley from Ravel Morrison who was on loan from West Ham, and a Marlon King goal made it 3-2.

6th May 1989

Birmingham City 1-0 Hull City

Blues had a poor season back in 1988/89 and were relegated to Division Three. Gary Pendrey started the season as manger before being replaced by Dave Mackey in April 89. Blues only reached a league high position of 20th and won only 8 games all season.

 

Played For Both.

Curtis Davies

Former West Brom and Villa defender Davies played 89 for the Blues. He was cup tied for the League Cup Final in which Blues beat Arsenal but played in the following Europa League campaign.

He left Blues and signed for newly promoted Hull. He scored in the final of the F.A cup for Hull but was on the losing side this time as the Tigers went down 3-2.

Bryan Hughes

Liverpool born Hughes started his career at Wrexham before signing for the Blues. He made over 240 appearances before moving onto Charlton in 2004. He signed for Hull in 2007 and played 41 times before moving on to Burton Albion. He retired in 2015.

Sebastian Larsson

Swedish international Larsson was signed by the Blues from Arsenal after impressing during a loan spell. A set piece specialist he scored some spectacular goals in a Royal Blue shirt including a wonder strike against Spurs. He signed for Hull after Sunderlands relegation from the Premier League.

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Former season ticket holder in the Tilton. Originally from Solihull but now exiled in Leicestershire

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