Sheffield Wednesday v Hull preview
Last Updated: 10/08/18 11:35am
Sheffield Wednesday will be without suspended striker Atdhe Nuhiu for their home game against Hull.
Kosovo international Nuhiu received two yellow cards in the Owls’ opening-day defeat at Wigan last week and sits out a one-game ban.
Fellow striker Steven Fletcher could make his first start since December after recovering from a knee injury, but Lucas Joao is also in contention to replace Nuhiu. Another striker, Gary Hooper, is back in full training following a long-term hip injury, but midfielders Kieran Lee (hip) and Almen Abdi (hamstring) are still unavailable.
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Hull midfielder Jon Toral is expected to shake off a minor niggle in time to be back in contention. Boss Nigel Adkins has no other new injury concerns following Monday night’s opening home defeat to Aston Villa.
Daniel Batty made his home league debut against Villa and is hoping to resume in midfield, but winger Kamil Grosicki is still working on his fitness. Four summer signings – Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Jordy de Wijs and Todd Kane – all made their full debuts for the club on Monday, while two more, George Long and David Milinkovic, are pushing for their first starts.
Sheffield Wednesday have won just two of their last 11 home matches against Hull in all competitions (D5 L4).
Hull have never beaten Sheffield Wednesday in the month of August (P5 W0 D3 L2).
Sheffield Wednesday have lost each of their last nine Championship games when they've conceded first, including in their opening league match against Wigan.
Nigel Adkins has ended on the losing side in each of his last four Championship matches against Sheffield Wednesday (three defeats with Reading, one with Hull).
Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri has been involved in 10 goals in his last 14 Championship starts (8 goals, 2 assists).
Hull haven't lost their opening two league matches of a season since 2009-10, a campaign in which they were relegated from the Premier League.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)