Hull City vs Nottingham Forest Preview: Can City land knockout punch on Boxing Day?

Ant Northgraves / @AntNorthgraves

The Tigers welcome Nottingham Forest to the KCOM Stadium on Boxing Day for a massive match that could see City really nail down a push for the top 6 heading into the New Year. Hull will be wanting to build on their fantastic 3-0 win over Birmingham and Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Huddersfield at home.

Last time Vs Forest

City managed to hold onto a invaluable 3 points when the sides met at the City Ground. Goals from Josh Magennis and Jarrod Bowen were enough for the win, despite a Matty Cash reply for Forest and a silly red card from Magennis. Forest gave a late flurry, but City’s defence stood strong and held off. This match also saw the brief debut of Norbert Balogh, though he ended up suffering an injury.

Mass Deforestation? 

After a great start to the Campaign, Forest have stuttered lately. Usually occupying a spot in the top 6, Forest are now 5 games without a win and have seen themselves drop out of the play off spots. A team full of talent, with likes of Lewis Grabban and Matty Cash for example, their fans were expecting a serious promotion push this season, but a loss today could see them drop out of the top 10, and also see City overtake them. 

Hull City Last 10: WDLWLWDLWW (17 points)

Nottingham Forest Last 10: LLDDLWDWWL (12 points)

Team News

Hull still have 4 absentees with Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral, Norbert Balogh and Josh Magennis all injured.

Forest have no new injury concerns, and could see the return of a few players with Samba Sow, Carl Jenkinson and Yohan Benalouane all back in contention for a starting place.

Predicted Line Up 

Hull City: George Long, Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Jordy De Wijs, Callum Elder, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Jackson Irvine, Jarrod Bowen, Josh Bowler, Tom Eaves, Kamil Grosicki

Nottingham Forest: Brice Samba, Matty Cash, Tobias Figueriedo, Joe Worrall, Jack Robinson, Tiago Silva, Ben Watson, Joe Lolley, Joao Carvalho, Sammy Ameobi, Lewis Grabban