The game of the day in the Sky Bet Championship will see Middlesbrough travel to Hull City as both sides look to keep up their chase for the title.
Steve Bruce’s Tigers went to the top of the division courtesy of a 2-0 win at Brentford on Tuesday night, a fourth league win in a row.
Aitor Karanka’s Boro sit fourth and just a point behind Hull after they recorded a third successive league win against Rotherham United in midweek.
Something will have to give this afternoon though, and here are three things to look out for in today’s encounter:
1) A very competitive game
With Hull currently top of the Championship and with Middlesbrough knowing that a win could take them to the summit if results go their way, both sides will be well up for the game come 3pm on Saturday.
The Tigers are in the better form after going unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions, and they are yet to lose at home this season after winning five of their seven games at the KC Stadium.
However, when Boro click then they are one of the hardest sides to beat in the division, and even though two of their three defeats this season have come on the road, they have recorded impressive away wins at Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
2) A low scoring encounter
Neither side have goal scoring problems this season – only Fulham (27) have scored more goals than Boro this season (24), and Bruce’s side have scored just the one less than the Teessiders.
However, they are the two sternest defences in the division.
Both sides are still in single digits for the goals against column – Hull have conceded just eight while Karanka’s side have conceded just the one more.
So while both sides have the necessary quality needed to break down Championship defences, finding a way past the opposition’s backline this afternoon suggests that this is more than likely going to be a low scoring encounter.
3) There will be Premier League quality in abundance
Both sides have two of the strongest squads in the league, and there will be a number of players on both sides that feel they should be playing in the top-flight.
Hull still have the likes of Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone in their squad who have vast amounts of experience in the Premier League, while Boro have the in-form Stewart Downing and David Nugent in their ranks.
The quality of both teams is undeniable, and fans attending the game will be in for a treat as they will see some top quality players taking part in what should be a fascinating contest.
Hull and Middlesbrough fans…what are your predictions for the match? Can Hull make it eleven games unbeaten? Can Middlesbrough leapfrog their opponents and go top? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!