Hull City vs Reading by Hassy
Hull captain Michael Dawson will miss his side's Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading at the KC Stadium on Wednesday, after limping off towards the end of Saturday's 1-0 win over Bolton.
Dawson suffered a knee injury which Tigers boss Steve Bruce expects to rule him out for the entire festive campaign. Alex Bruce is also ruled out with a back injury, the City manager is left with just two fit centre-halves so Harry Maguire will step up from the bench to partner Curtis Davies in the middle. Although Bruce will wish to keep changes to a minimum, he may be tempted to start with Robert Snodgrass who impressed against the Trotters after replacing the out-of-sorts Mo Diame.
Reading have still not appointed a manager since sacking Steve Clarke after they went on a terrible run of results. A run of one win in nine matches ended the manager's reign in charge. This run has also included four straight losses on the road which does not bode well for this evening. Caretake manager Kuhl was boosted by the return of Paul McShane, following a facial injury, in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Preston, and he is again expected to start at one of his former clubs. Stephen Quinn, because of a knee injury, and Aaron Tshibola, owing to an ankle problem, are likely to miss out, however.
Hull City are in a much better state at the moment and have a squad which is far superior to Reading's. Hull City are eleven points better off than their opponent's already and have an exceptional home record in The Championship. I expect Reading to try and cancel out the hosts but in Clucas, Maloney, Hernandez and Akpom Hull City have some decent attacking options and I expect them to record a routine 2-0 win this evening.
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