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Sep 28, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at The KCOM Stadium
Hull CityHull City
Eaves (84')
Wilks (38'), Coyle (45+1')
Coyle (80')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Lavery (42')
Garbutt (68'), Lavery (82')

Preview: Hull City vs. Blackpool - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Hull City and Blackpool, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Hull City will host Blackpool at the MKM Stadium on Tuesday as they aim to climb out of the relegation zone after not winning a game in the league since the opening day of the season.

On the other hand, the Seasiders are currently in midtable and head into the game on the back of consecutive victories.

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Hull City manager Grant McCann celebrates winning League One after the match on May 1, 2021© Reuters

After finishing as champions last season in League One, Hull City have found their return to the Championship difficult so far, despite an emphatic 4-1 victory on the opening day of the season against Preston Noth End.

Grant McCann's squad have struggled, having not won a game since that point, which has seen them fall to 23rd in the table, with only Derby County below them due to their points deduction.

Hull have had difficulties in scoring goals, only finding the back of the net five times, and with four of those taking place in the first game of the season, it has proven to be a major problem for the club.

Defending has not been a strength either, with only two teams in the division having conceded more, which is something that the team must look to put right in order to find more success.

The Tigers head into the fixture having lost their last three straight league games, with the most recent defeat coming against Stoke City, with a goal in each half being enough.

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley on September 11, 2021© Reuters

Blackpool also enjoyed promotion from League One last season, as they went through the playoffs in order to secure a place in the Championship.

Unlike their opponents on Tuesday, they have adapted a little quicker to the new division, having earned 11 points already, showcasing their ability to play at this level.

The Seasiders have managed to win both of their last two matches with confident performances against Middlesbrough and Barnsley, with Shayne Lavery's strike being enough to secure a 1-0 win against the Tykes.

Last season, Hull were unable to defeat Blackpool during their two meetings, with Neil Critchley's team managing to take four points from them.

Blackpool have also been quite shakey when it comes to their defensive performances, but they have kept two clean sheets in the league during this campaign, and they will be looking to do that in consecutive games on Tuesday.

Hull City Championship form:
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Hull City form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Blackpool Championship form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Blackpool form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Team News

Hull City manager Grant McCann pictured on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Hull City were handed a boost for their recent clash with Stoke City when both Greg Docherty and Alfie Jones were fit enough to be part of the starting lineup as they returned from injuries.

Tyler Smith was able to lead the line on Saturday, although he was unable to score within the game itself, with the Tigers still looking to solve their attacking issues.

One name that the club will be without is Tom Huddlestone - one of the most experienced members of the squad - who is currently dealing with a hamstring problem.

Despite the fact he has made an impressive start to the season, Jerry Yates was once again left on the bench at the weekend and was actually an unused substitute.

Considering the fact Lavery scored the winner against Barnsley, it is likely he will retain his place in the starting XI as he looks to add more goals to his tally.

Kevin Stewart was not able to feature in the squad on Saturday as he did not recover from his foot injury quickly enough, but he should be in contention on Tuesday night.

However, Blackpool were boosted by the return of Demetri Mitchell during the game as he came off the bench to make his first appearance of this campaign after suffering an injury during pre-season to his knee.

Hull City possible starting lineup:
Ingram; Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Elder; Docherty, Smallwood, Smith; Lewis-Potter, Wilks, Smith

Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Maxwell; Sterling, Ekpiteta, Keogh, Garbutt; Bowler, Wintle, Dougall, Anderson; Lavery, John-Jules

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We say: Hull City 0-2 Blackpool

Both clubs will look at this game as one they would like to win due to the fact they each came from League One, but given the current form that they are in, the visitors will certainly be the more confident of the two.

Blackpool have looked strong in recent performances and it is likely that they will be able to have enough attacking quality to give them the edge.

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