Ipswich v Hull

Last updated : 18 February 2011 By BBC Sport

Hull's new signing Jack Hobbs could make his debut after signing on loan from Leicester, while James Harper is back in the squad.

Richard Garcia and Vito Mannone have both returned to training but will not feature this weekend.


In-form Ipswich equalled their club-record away win when they battered Doncaster Rovers 6-0 on Tuesday evening. They now face an improving Hull side that also stormed to an emphatic victory in their last away match.

Hull's 5-1 thrashing of Scunthorpe underlined the Tigers' impressive recent form. They are unbeaten in seven league matches and a victory on Saturday would see the Humberside club record three consecutive wins for the first time since a memorable run in the Premier League in October 2008.

City's transformation from strugglers to play-off hopefuls has been in no small part down to the dramatic improvement in their away results. Previously dismal on their travels, Nigel Pearson's?men have now gone 10 away matches without defeat.

Not that Ipswich will fear anyone, given the immediate impact made by Paul Jewell following his appointment as Town boss. Since the departure of his predecessor Roy Keane, the Tractor Boys have enjoyed four consecutive home victories and have lost only one of Jewell's six matches in charge.



• These clubs have faced each other 25 times. Hull have won nine of those encounters - one more than Town.


• Ipswich have won all 12 league games this season in which they have scored more than one goal.

• Gareth McAuley is set to make his 100th league start for the club, and goalkeeper Marton Fulop his 150th career appearance.


• Hull are the only team that are both yet to lose a Championship game this season after scoring the first goal, and yet to win one after conceding the opener.

• Sixteen players have scored league goals for City this season, giving them the longest goalscorers list in the division.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport