Leeds United v Hull City: team news
Steve Bruce has promised to stick to his attacking guns as he plots an end to Hull City’s 25-year hoodoo at Elland Road tonight.
The Tigers have been in red-hot form, registering wins over Bolton and Millwall at the KC Stadium, bagging seven goals in the process.
Two away games in the Championship this season failed to bring a goal but the 3-5-2 shape should offer cause for optimism now it’s firing on all cylinders.
The only headache is the expected absence of Seyi Olofinjana with a hamstring injury. The Nigerian will be given a late fitness test this evening but Corry Evans is in line to return. Alex Bruce (knee) is fit to start, though.
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Matty Fryatt’s Achilles injury continues to condemn him to City’s treatment room, alongside long-term knee injury victims Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney.
Veteran midfielder Paul McKenna serves the third and final game of a three-match ban, meaning he will again be available when the Tigers head to Leicester City on Sunday.
With seven points from five games, Leeds have produced an erratic start to the new season.
The perfect opening chapter brought a 1-0 win over Premier League old boys Wolves but a defeat at Blackpool brought a quick reality check.
Victory at Peterborough was commendable, as was a 3-3 draw with Blackburn, but Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Cardiff has again put the brakes on.
Back-to-back home games will now be targeted for big points by manager Neil Warnock.
His squad has been stripped to the bare bones of late and influential striker Ross McCormack is the latest player ruled out.
The Scot lasted just five minutes of Saturday’s defeat at Cardiff when he was stretchered off with a twisted ankle. He will not play again until October at the earliest and leaves Leeds without their greatest attacking threat.
Left-back Adam Drury is another major doubt for the visit of the Tigers tonight after suffering a muscle strain in the 2-1 loss in Wales.
Leeds are already without summer signings Paul Green (knee) and David Norris (thigh), with the midfield pair out for at least another month.
The loss of Norris pushed Warnock into the loan market to sign Michael Tonge last week and the Stoke man will make his home debut tonight.
Warnock was attempting to recruit another loan signing yesterday to counter the absence of McCormack but it was a long-shot at best.
Luciano Becchio, who has already scored five goals this season, will lead the attack and could be partnered by El Hadji Diouf.