Hull are in absolute desperate need of a win or at least a positive result in midweek, with the club currently on a run of four straight league defeats.
It won’t be easy to get one, as they come up against a West Brom side that are eager to try and clinch an automatic promotion spot in the league this year.
Hull will need to switch things up from their last game against Coventry, when they fell to a 1-0 loss and managed 13 shots – more than the Sky Blues – but were not clinical enough to convert any of them.
In fact, they’ve scored only once in their last four league outings – and they might have to switch up their strikeforce again to try and find a solution against a superb Baggies outfit.
It’s no surprise then, that the tweaks to the team for our predicted XI all come in the attacking areas of the field. The defence were relatively solid against Coventry despite not being able to keep the Sky Blues out. Callum Elder for example created more chances than anyone else on the field – so all four of them should retain their places.
Richie Smallwood and Andy Cannon have also looked sharp in the Hull midfield despite their misfortune and neither warrant the drop for this crunch tie.
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The first change comes as George Moncur bows out for Malik Wilks. The former of the two didn’t have a bad game by any means against the Sky Blues but Wilks provides a much more direct goal threat from just behind the strikers. He’s bagged plenty of goals during his Tigers career and can look threatening when given the chance to run at opposition defences too. He may only have one goal so far this campaign but he should be thrown back into the mix here to keep the Baggies on their toes.
The second change comes alongside Keane Lewis-Potter.
Rather than starting with Tom Eaves again or bringing in Josh Magennis again, it may be worth giving Ryan Longman another start in attack.
The 20-year-old has only featured in six games for the side so far this year – with just three starts – but the attack isn’t working for Hull at the minute and Longman has not only looked impressive for Brighton’s academy team but also had a solid return for Wimbledon a league lower last season despite his age.
Given more gametime, he could eventually adapt to the league and once he finds the goal, he could start to bag more regularly. It would be a young frontline to face West Brom but the complete refresh of the attack could work.