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Toral starts: The Hull City XI we expect McCann to field v Nottingham Forest on Wednesday

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Grant McCann will surely be disappointed with what has been an underwhelming first few months in charge at Hull City.

The Tigers are languishing down in 19th place in the Championship after 12 games, just four points above the relegation zone.

Two second-half penalties from Eberechi Eze sunk Hull on Saturday, as QPR came back from 1-0 down to finish 3-2 winners at the KCOM Stadium.

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McCann’s side now travel to the City Ground to face a Nottingham Forest side competing right at the top of the Championship.

The Reds are fourth, just three points back from league leaders West Bromwich Albion, and have looked like serious promotion contenders in recent weeks.

They slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic on Saturday and Sabri Lamouchi will undoubtedly be looking for a response from his side when the Tigers arrive tomorrow evening.

Ahead of what is set to be a tough test for Hull, here is the side we expect McCann to start on Wednesday evening.

George Long has been ever-present in the Tigers goalmouth this season and that seems unlikely to change for the trip to the City Ground.

All of but one of Forest’s wins and losses in the Championship this season have been by a one-goal margin, so the Hull shot-stopper could play a huge role in the result of this one.

McCann has confirmed that Jordy de Wijs is unlikely to return against Forest, having missed the game on the weekend due to injury, which means Ryan Tafazolli will continue to fill in alongside Reece Burke.

With Hull having to play three games in seven days this week, you may see the Tigers boss opt for a change at left-back with 19-year-old Brandon Fleming coming in but Eric Lichaj looks set to retain his place on the right.

Ahead of them, Kevin Stewart has been really impressive this season, leading the division in tackles per game (Whoscored), and is a vital part of the side in defensive midfield.

Jon Toral replaced George Honeyman in the second half against QPR and looked lively in midfield, so McCann may give him his first Championship start since May 2018 alongside Jackson Irvine in central midfield.

Jarrod Bowen, five goals and two assists, and Kamil Grosicki, four goals and one assist, have been vital to the Tigers’ attacking play this season and are surely the first two names on the teamsheet–it’s difficult to see them missing out.

Josh Magennis scored late against QPR on Saturday but summer signing Tom Eaves has showed promising signs that he is beginning to find his feet at the club and it seems likely he will get the nod once again.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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