Hull City entertain Queens Park Rangers for the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon, where they are looking to prolong their winning home start since dropping into the Championship.
Visitors QPR have got just one point in the last six available overall, meanwhile, and are also in desperate need of the kick-start in a ground they've notoriously struggled at in past times.
The Tigers could have struggled for consistency since their relegation in the second tier, failing to win back-to-back games up to now, but they've made a reliable enough begin to life extremely popular Championship.
A first away win in the campaign at Cardiff City in midweek helped lift Hull approximately fourth invest the early league standings - only one point over automatic promotion zone.
Abel Hernandez has proved to be an integral player until now this season, picking out the net triple in his five league outings to help you spearhead the Tigers' push to have an instant come back to the top flight.
It isn't just Hernandez thriving since May's relegation, either, with Hull turning the KC Stadium into something of the fortress by claiming maximum points off their three games on Humberside up to now.
Victory more than a QPR side who themselves have eyes for the very best six can help strengthen City's promotion aspirations, fresh about the back of losing last weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Steve Bruce, one in the most respected managers outside with the Premier League, has assembled a squad which is more than able to matching the achievements in the class of 2013 in escaping the Championship.
In defence, where Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce offer a brick wall involving summer signing Moses Odubajo and Andrew Robertson, Hull employ a team well set around win promotion through the back.
The statistics help a lot to underlining that, with only 1 side - Middlesbrough - conceding fewer goals throughout the opening seven fixtures of what is apt to be yet another gruelling season.
Recent form in Championship: DWLWLW
Recent form (all competitions): WLWWLW
Queens Park Rangers
While things looked rosy all of your sudden heading into your recent international break for Rangers, some point from two games since resumption of play has seen their campaign stagnate somewhat.
Following the disappointment of letting a two-goal lead slip in the home to Cardiff in mid-August, Ramsey position the wheels in motion to help his side with a three-game winning streak.
QPR again let a lead evaporate in your own home to Nottingham Forest last weekend, though which was largely right down to the red card obtained by experienced stopper Robert Green with twenty minutes left to experiment with.
In fact, this inability to see out games is costing Ramsey's charges dearly, without having side within the division having conceded more goals inside the second half of games compared to Hoops' tally of nine.
On the other side of this, nine of QPR's last 10 goals are actually scored within the second 45 minutes, providing late drama aplenty in recent weeks so far as the West London outfit come to mind.
Yet despite taking one point in the last six, Rangers still are hovering simply a single point as well as places below their target from the top six.
There isn't any denying that mistakes should be cut out with their game if it side should be to have any hope of okay the big time, however, with Ramsey admitted as often following the 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers.
Boosted with the retention of Charlie Austin, Matty Phillips and Green on the end in the transfer window, it truly is now time for QPR to get their feet all over again and push for your playoff zone.
Recent form in Championship: DWWWLD
Recent form (all competitions): WWLWLD
Green remains suspended, that could see Ramsey name an unchanged side because of this one regardless of the disappointment to become held using a struggling Blackburn side last time out.
Jamie Mackie and Alejandro Faurlin did get back to the R's bench for your stalemate, nevertheless it remains to appear if they are fit enough to start through the off.
In terms on the hosts, they can turn to Chuba Akpom up top, though injury permitting it's unlikely that Bruce will need to disrupt things an excessive amount of at this stage.
The Tigers switched to some five-man defence to the trip to South Wales, making four modifications to all, using a more settled side expected for that visit of QPR.
Hull City possible starting lineup:
McGregor; Odubajo, Bruce, Dawson, Davies, Robertson; Clucas, Huddlestone, Diame; Aluko, Hernandez
Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Tozser, Henry; Phillips, Luongo Chery; Austin
Head To Head
Hull have lost one of their last seven league meetings against QPR, but three of the games did end all square.
The Hoops didn't work to win on Humberside since February 1970, meanwhile, within a run which has seen them lose three and draw five of the eight trips there.
It was the Tigers who claimed a Premier League double last season, too, winning 1-0 at Loftus Road around the opening day and 2-1 for the KC Stadium within a dramatic return fixture captured.
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