After todays news of more injuries affecting ZiZi and possibly Therry Racon, as well as Reid and Ambrose, guessing the team for tomorrow becomes doubly difficult. In the not too distant past it would be simply a case of bitting the bullet and drafting in the old regulars Kish and Hughes.
Unfortunately, or maybe not, both have departed and it would appear that the second one is due to return tomorrow, but for the opposition. Remembering the enthusiatic mood that overcame Kish when he played at the Valley for Leicester back in September, I wonder if we'll witness the same from Brian Hughes tomorrow? He's played 18 times for Hull this season, including the last two, after his move away from the Addicks and has yet to score!
In fact, it seems he's quite looking forward to returning to the Valley. After admitting that he's a bit disappointed not to have opened his scoring account for Hull, he says he aims to do something about it in the near future. "It would be nice to get my first goal. I've had a few chances, I know that. But as long as I keep getting in there, one will drop for me sooner rather than later." Oh, dear, looks like trouble ahead.
Thankfully, as mentioned yesterday, Hull are not so bright on scoring goals away from home with only 7 in 11 games. But while the Addicks only trail Stoke City in the number of yellows shown, 44 to 39, in the fizzies this season, Hull, meanwhile, can also enjoy themselves when the game gets dirty. Last time we meet in October, Hull managed the enormous number of 22 fouls and I'm afraid it seems to be a speciality of theirs. In the 13 games played since we played them they have outscored their opponents in the foul count on 10 occasions.
Meanwhile, manager Phil Brown, another of those odd-ball coaches after wildly displaying himself stark naked in the club mag last April, also seems strangely confident after their 3 previous winless trips to the capital this season. "We've got a squad full of quality players, some of whom have played at the top level. We should be going there with confidence. We don't fear anybody, blah, blah, blah." Well, the only one we fear Mr. Brown is your number 11 Hughsy. Oh, and that huge Folan bloke.
As for the Addicks team, it doesn't bear thinking too deeply about, so a very quick guess, and fingers crossed, gives the following permation:
Weaver; Mills, Sodje, Bougherra, Powell; Sam, Semedo, Holland, Racon, Thomas; McLeod.
As for a prediction, well, with Ipswich just below us enjoying another home game, we've got to win or we'll drop outside the top 6 and nobodys going to be willing, come the January window, to join a team struggling outside the Play-Offs. Least of all anyone from the Prem.
So, Addicks 1 Hull City 0