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Championship preview and odds: Hull vs Reading

Published on: 15/12/2015

Championship preview and odds: Hull vs Reading

December 16, 2015 19:45pm - KC Stadium


Third-ranked Hull will be looking to maintain their title challenge on Wednesday when they welcome a mid-table Reading side who are still without a manager to the KC Stadium in the Championship.

Just one win in four for Steve Bruce`s men

After a draw followed by back-to-back defeats, Hull City got back to winning ways last week with a narrow win over crisis club Bolton Wanderers. Despite their mini-slump, the Tigers still have a strong home record with the recent reverse to Derby County their only defeat at the KC Stadium.

Overall, the Humberside team have won four of their last five on home soil and kept clean sheets in all of those wins. However, their defence could be hampered by the absence of club captain Michael Dawson who picked up a knee injury during the clash with Bolton.

Reading looking for guidance

Reading are still without a permanent boss so caretaker Martin Kuhl will once again fill the hot seat for the trip north to face Hull. With just one win in their last nine games, the Berkshire club have continued to slip down the table and will be hoping that they can limit the damage before a permanent successor to Steve Clarke can be appointed. Former boss Brian McDermott is the latest manager to have been linked to the vacancy.

The Royals have lost their last four away games and come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat away to Preston North End. Prior to that, they were undone at home by the same scoreline by Queens Park Rangers.

Team news

With Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce both injured, Hull boss Steve Bruce will have to call upon the services of Harry Maguire to fill the centre-half void alongside Curtis Davies.

Meanwhile, Reading are expected to be without Stephen Quinn and Aaron Tshibola who are suffering with knee and ankle problems respectively.

Recent form (League)

Hull City: WLLDW

Reading: LLLWL

Betting odds and tips

Hull have won four of their last five at home and have suffered just one defeat at the KC Stadium this term. In addition, they have kept six clean sheets and conceded just five goals on their own turf. Reading have not won away from home since September and have lost their last four in a row on the road. You can back Hull to Win to Nil at 15/8 with Boylesports.

Published on: 15/12/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (15/12/2015 10:33:37) but are subject to change.