The Sky Bet Championship takes centre stage once again this weekend as Hull City prepare for the visit of Fulham.
The Tigers will be looking to bounce back whilst the Cottagers are hoping to add to their impressive points haul in this weekend’s featured EFL clash.
📅 Match details
Kick-off at the MKM Stadium is 15:00 on Saturday 12 February as the Tigers welcome the League leaders to East Yorkshire.
Match officials have been appointed as referee Andy Woolmer, assistant officials James Wilson and Mark Dwyer, and fourth official Jeremy Simpson.
👔 At the helm
Former Rangers and Ajax attacker Shota Arveladze was appointed as Hull City’s new head coach at the end of January, joining the Tigers on a two-and-a-half-year contract, following management spells in Turkey, Israel and Uzbekistan.
The ex-Georgian international goes down as the country’s all-time top scorer, having spent almost two decades plying his trade before hanging up his boots and taking up an assistant coaching role alongside Louis van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar. His arrival in East Yorkshire marks his first spell in the EFL.
January’s Championship Manager of the Month Marco Silva has already built on an impressive month for the table topping Cottagers, who appear to be on course for an immediate top-flight return in their current streak of form.
Under the Portuguese - who briefly managed the Tigers in 2017 - Fulham’s stay in the second-tier could be a short one, establishing themselves as title contenders and continuing to put distance between the West Londoners and the Play-Off places.
🔑 Key man
Tigers midfielder George Honeyman has been a fans favourite since his arrival at the MKM Stadium in the summer of 2019, and since his return from injury in mid-September, the playmaker old has stood out as one of Hull’s most valuable players this season.
With five goals in 19 appearances and counting this term, last year’s Player of the Season notched the first goal to herald a new era for the Club, scoring in a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in January.
The first player in Championship history to hit 30 goals in a single season, it’s no surprise that the Cottagers are the League’s top scorers with Aleksandar Mitrović leading the line. A midweek brace against Millwall saw the Serbian reach the milestone, taking Fulham’s tally to 77 strikes across the course of the season.
📈 Form guide
Life under new boss Arveladze got off to a positive start, with the Georgian coming in as a replacement for former manager Grant McCann, securing his first win against Swansea City just a day later, making it three wins on the spin for Hull City.
However, the 19th-placed Tigers will be looking to register their first win of the month, having suffered back-to-back defeats to Preston North End and Derby County in midweek to kick off February.
Occupying pole position in the second-tier standings, Fulham opened up a six-point gap between themselves and the Cherries at the summit. The Cottagers are six unbeaten in the League, taking 16 points from a possible 18, whilst the West Londoners are also undefeated since mid-October on their travels coming into the clash.
And Silva’s side will be buoyed by a midweek triumph over cross-city rivals Millwall. The Cottagers breezed past the Lions in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday evening.
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