Hull v Birmingham preview
Last Updated: 29/09/17 4:44pm
Hull defender Stephen Kingsley has been ruled out of the home game against Birmingham.
The summer signing from Swansea was forced off in the midweek home defeat to Preston due to an adductor injury and is likely to be replaced by Max Clark at left-back.
Head coach Leonid Slutsky has no new injury worries, but Kevin Stewart (ankle), Evandro (hamstring), Abel Hernandez (Achilles), Ryan Mason (fractured skull), Brian Lenihan, Moses Odubajo and Will Keane (all knee) remain sidelined. Slutsky confirmed Evandro, Kevin Stewart and Brian Lenihan are expected to return to training after the international break.
Birmingham remain without a host of important players for Lee Carsley's final game as caretaker manager. Record signing Jota, forward Che Adams and midfielder Jason Lowe (all hamstring) continue to be sidelined. Blues, who appointed Steve Cotterill as Harry Redknapp's permanent successor on Friday, are also missing goalkeeper David Stockdale (arm) and right-back Carl Jenkinson (shoulder).
Isaac Vassell, who came off the bench to score the midweek winner against Sheffield Wednesday, is among a number of players pushing for a start, including fellow forward Sam Gallagher, defender Marc Roberts and midfielders Stephen Gleeson and David Cotterill.
Hull have won their last four home meetings with Birmingham in the Championship, most recently a 2-0 victory in the 2015/16 campaign.
The Blues have conceded nine goals in their last three trips to the KC Stadium (L3).
The Tigers lost their last home league game, vs Preston on Tuesday. They haven't lost back-to-back home games at this level since April 2013.
Birmingham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 away league games (1-0 vs Bristol City in May), winning just three games in that run (D8 L13).
Jarrod Bowen has scored five goals in his last seven league games, with those goals accounting for 56% of Hull's total in that time (5/9).
Only Barnsley have won as few away points in the Championship this season as Birmingham (1).
Birmingham have looked a better side with more direction in the last week or so and it was vital for them to finally get a victory in midweek.
Hull, meanwhile, are struggling now and are heading very much in the wrong direction. For me this is an away win.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)