Hull vs Nottingham Forest – Match Preview – Hull City host Nottingham Forest in the Skybet Championship this weekend.
Hull currently sit in 14th place, just six points off the play-off places. A crucial 1-0 away win at Barnsley last time out will have raised those promotion hopes, with Hull now unbeaten in their last three games. At home, Hull need to improve. Leonid Slutsky’s team have won only three of their home games this season and if they want to push for the play-off places, they need to be stronger at the KCOM Stadium.
Away from home, Hull have improved recently. Only a last-minute equaliser denied them all three points at Norwich before they won at Oakwell last time out. In that game, Fraizer Campbell grabbed the all-important goal, with the former Crystal Palace striker now finding his feet back in Hull colours.
Hull’s main issue this season has been keeping the ball out of their own net. The Tigers have conceded 20 league goals in just 13 games, with only five clubs conceding more. With experienced players like Alan McGregor and Michael Dawson, they should be performing better and they’ll need more consistency if they’re to push for the top six.
Forest travel to Yorkshire just four points behind sixth-placed Norwich. After a disappointing loss against rivals Derby, Mark Warburton’s men responded with a 2-0 win against Burton last game. That win gave them back to back home wins, a feat they hadn’t achieved yet this season. Forest have lost four of their last six games and need to try to learn how to get results on the road if they’re to hope of gaining a top-six berth.
Like Hull, Forest’s main problem is conceding goals. They’ve conceded one more than their hosts and have won just two away games all season. On the road they’ve leaked 12 goals in just six games, averaging two goals a match.
Hull have lost only one of their last eight meetings against Forest. The Tigers haven’t lost at home to Forest since 2013 when a late Lewis McGugan strike was the difference. In those last eight games, these two clubs have served up 14 goals. Given the defensive frailties in both teams, I suspect we’ll see a few come Saturday.
Prediction: Hull 2-1 Nottingham Forest