Hull v Nottingham Forest
Saturday 28th October, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports
Hull on a high
Leonid Slutsky hailed Hull's historic away-day triumph at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley as the Tigers' most important result of the season. City ended their wretched travel-sickness with their first win in 25 league matches on the road, thanks to substitute Fraizer Campbell's 78th-minute strike in a 1-0 success.
Hull had been denied at the death in their recent away days at Norwich and Reading but rode their luck at Oakwell with Campbell's predatory finish their first attempt on goal. Barnsley bossed the shot count 21-8 but were unable to find the finishing touch as the Tigers kept a first clean-sheet since August.
Campbell could be restored to the starting XI on Saturday with Nouha Dicko netting only once in eight appearances since arriving at the KCOM Stadium. Elsewhere, David Meyler is back from a one-game ban and Jackson Irvine is also pushing for a start. Abel Hernandez is out long-term.
Nottingham Forest back to winning ways
Nottingham Forest were booed off at half-time last weekend as the Tricky Trees followed up their derby defeat at Pride Park with a poor and frustratingly passive first-half performance against Burton. However, a dressing down at the interval from Mark Warburton did the trick as the Reds ran out 2-0 winners.
Warburton said it was a simple cry to his troops to believe in their ability to grind down an organised defence whilst injecting tempo in possession. But in truth, fine margins went in Forest's favour and the Reds were fortunate the Brewers fluffed their lines in good goalscoring positions.
Joe Worrall signed a new four-and-a-half year deal in midweek and should replace the injured Armand Traore here whilst David Vaughan and Liam Bridcutt should continue their partnership in the deep midfield roles. Elsewhere, Zack Clough is hoping for a recall to the squad.
Tigers favourites to clinch back-to-back victories
Following a five-match winless streak, Hull have bounced back to take seven points from their past three fixtures, including a 6-1 shellacking of Birmingham here in their last KCOM Stadium outing before the international break.
The recently-relegated outfit have W3-D1-L2 on home soil with all four of their triumphs arriving against teams currently occupying the bottom-four places. Even so, the Tigers are 1.991/1 favourites to clinch their first back-to-back wins of the campaign on Saturday evening.
It's been feast or famine for Forest thus far with the Tricky Trees yet to settle for a point apiece in the Championship (W6-D0-L7). Last weekend's success was only the Reds' third since August (W3-D0-L6) and has quelled calls for Warburton to go following Forest's defeat away to Derby.
The visitors have claimed top honours in both of their games against relegated teams so far - beating Middlesbrough at home and Sunderland away - but four defeats in six road trips and poor performance data returns are enough for me to overlook the Tricky Trees at 3.505/2 here.
Goals should flow on Humberside
A huge 10/13 (77%) of Hull's league games under Slutsky have delivered for Both Teams To Score backers and backing another goal-heavy game should be our best shout on Saturday evening with Over 2.5 Goals standing out at 1.738/11.
Collectively, these two teams have managed only six clean sheets but have found the back of the net in 23 of their 26 matches. A chunky 16 (62%) of those contests have paid out in the Over 2.5 Goals market, cementing the view that goals are our best angle of attack on Humberside.
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