The pre-game ramble: Hull City

With the Sky Blues on a five game unbeaten run, a trip to a Hull side that’s lost its last three games would appear to have come at the right time to cause an upset.

How are they getting on?

Hull-form

Generally, they’re doing far better than many expected them to, although it has gone slightly wonky over the last couple of weeks.

They’ve lost the last three, but prior to that, they’d been on a 11-game unbeaten stretch, drawing seven of those.

So immediate form suggests we may be able to take advantage of their slip, but when you look at the season as a whole, don’t write off another strong run before the season’s out.

Who could cause us trouble?

They have plenty of good players. Their recent form may be sluggish, but a home game against a team that’s not won away all season (that’s us, in case you’d forgotten) ought to be enough to boost them.

They’ve only scored once in the last four games, with that goal coming through Matty Fryatt – another one of those strikers who has a good record and would have few qualms with continuing that against us.

Slovenian Robert Koren will be missing which is a blessing, seeing as he’s bloody good. Loanee Robbie Brady is a tricky winger and is someone I’ve been impressed with on the few occasions I’ve seen him. Old Sky Blues target Aaron McLean is also available – you may remember it was his goal that condemned Aidy Boothroyd to his final defeat as City manager last season.

The difficulty here is that they’re trying to re-find the winning formula, and following 3 changes before the hour-mark in their away loss to Portsmouth in the week, Barmby has some decisions to make. It will be interesting to see which way he goes.

Sky Blues team news?

Nathan Cameron is still injured and once again, David Bell is “a week away”.

Thorn’s able to stick with pretty much the same line up that beat Portsmouth last weekend if he so wishes, although given the impact Gael Bigirimana had from the bench, that’s a possible change. However, Thorn’s been very cautious with Bigi just lately, so I can see him sticking with Conor Thomas or even going for Gary Deegan from the start.

There’s been a reasonable amount of rotation up front, but seeing as he’s had a week off, Clive should start the game alongside Nimely.

Prediction

Form suggests we might be able to get something from the game, but I have to say I’m feeling a little cautious. They’re a good team who went to Cardiff and won 3-0 not too long ago, and they’re due some goals.

I think (and hope) we have a good chance of getting some points, but for the purpose of taking this predicting lark seriously, I reckon it might end up 2-1 to Hull. Unfortunately.

Sky Blues Blog is Neil Allison. When he's not moaning in this blog, you will also find him writing the occasional short piece for The Guardian and other football sites (when they ask him), rambling on the Nii Lamptey Show podcast, or fiddling about with stats as the official CCFC researcher for the award winning Football Manager series.