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Preview: Hull (A)

27 October 2017

Nottingham Forest are in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday evening when they take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds will be looking to build on last Saturday's 2-0 win against Burton Albion when they make the trip to Humberside.

Forest have a good record at the KCOM, having suffered defeat just once in four outings at the stadium built in 2002, and Mark Warburton's men will be hoping for a positive result on Saturday.

Hull have made a steady but inconsistent start to life back in the second tier after relegation from the Premier League last season. 

With several new players and a new manager in Leonid Slutsky, The Tigers have taken time to adjust but picked up four points from their last two games, both away from home, and have a thumping 6-1 win to build on against Birmingham from their last outing at the KCOM.

Check out the pre-match views from the Forest camp below.

Team news

Danny Fox and Armand Traore are doubts for The Reds as both picked up knocks in the victory over Burton Albion last weekend. 

David Vaughan came through his return to first-team action unscathed, while Matty Cash will be keen to be involved having featured for the Under 23s.

From the opposition

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky believes that having competition for places in his squad can only help improve his side's performances.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, he said: "We really have competition in each position now.

"The positive side of the coin is that the competition for places is really good for the coach, the negative side of the coin if you can call it a negative is that there are some difficult decisions to make.

"To have such hard decisions to make is better than having no choices. There is serious competition in each training session because the players know that the way into the starting eleven is through training well."

He added: "It is all about character. We have a lot of very serious sportsmen here and if you are a serious sportsman, then you should never be afraid of competition, you are only ready to face it.

"If you aren't ready to compete, how can you play in the starting eleven against very good teams? Everybody here understands this and is ready to compete. They are all working as hard as they can and that is very good for us."

One to watch - Jarrod Bowen

Forward Jarrod Bowen made his Hull debut last season but he has burst onto the scene in this campaign.

The 20-year-old struck on the opening weekend of the season against Aston Villa and has gone on to score seven times in 13 appearances this season.

His form has seen him earn a new contract at the KCOM Stadium and he will be one for the Forest defenders to keep an eye on.

Tickets

Tickets are no longer on sale from the Nottingham Forest ticket office.

Away fans can pay on the day at the away supporters bar located in the North East corner of the stadium with cash and card payments available. Tickets will cost £24 for all supporters.

Coverage

Due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live broadcast via iFollow Forest for international subsrcribers. There will, however, be live audio commentary.

The match is also being shown live on Sky Sports, and there will also be coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Leeds v Sheffield United (7.45pm, Friday)
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley (12.30pm)
Burton v Ipswich
Cardiff v Millwall
Fulham v Bolton
Norwich v Derby
Preston v Brentford
QPR v Wolves
Reading v Middlesbrough
Sunderland v Bristol City
Birmingham v Aston Villa (12pm, Sunday)


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