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Match preview: Hull vs Forest

23 November 2018

The international break is over and Championship football returns as Nottingham Forest travel to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds are unbeaten in four games, conceding just one goal in that time, and look to continue their push for the top six and carry on where they left off prior to the two-week break.

With The Tigers also unbeaten in three games, it is set up nicely for an entertaining affair against Nigel Adkins' side. 

Team news

Aitor Karanka has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Humberside, with Danny Fox and Hillal Soudani both still sidelined. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Hull boss Nigel Adkins has no new injury concerns and will go into Saturday's game with the squad which impressed in their last outing against Birmingham.

That means Adkins continues to be without the services of Stephen Kingsley and Nouha Dicko, who both missed the trip to St Andrew's prior to the international break.

Left-back Kingsley has missed four of the Tigers' last five Championship fixtures with a hip injury, whilst Dicko is still suffering with a hamstring strain picked up while playing for the Under 23s against their Forest counterparts earlier this month.

"Neither will be involved at the weekend," said Adkins at his pre-match press conference

"Kingsley isn't a concern, the medical team are bang on top of it. It's unfortunate for Stephen, he's worked extremely hard.

"But from my point of view, we'll go with a similar squad to the one that did ever so well at Birmingham in the last outing.

"Kingsley will be back soon. There's nothing sinister, he's out on the grass running round, we're just making sure he doesn't break down again in the future. Same as Nouha, same for Evandro. They're doing all the pitch work.

"For me, we've got a lot of games coming between now and Christmas as we need all the players to be right. We can afford that little bit more time to get them as fit and strong as possible."

One to watch - Kamil Grosicki

Polish international Kamil Grosicki has proven at this level that he can be a match-winner and he goes into Saturday's game having captained his country in the international break.

The winger's pace and trickery make him one to watch at the KCOM on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 29
Hull wins - 27
Draws - 9

Last league visit:


Tickets for this game are sold out, with Forest supporters snapping up the full allocation of 2,387 tickets for the game at the KCOM Stadium.


The match will be available to watch for international subscribers to iFollow Forest, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full coverage via the club's social media channels and also in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Ipswich vs West Brom (Friday, 7.45pm)
Rotherham vs Sheffield United (12.30pm)
Leeds vs Bristol City
Millwall vs Bolton
Preston vs Blackburn
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby
Stoke vs QPR
Swansea vs Norwich
Wigan vs Reading
Brentford vs Middlesbrough (5.30pm)
Aston Villa vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm)

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