Football – England – Championship
Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Second placed Hull City take on a Blackburn Rovers outfit who are attempting a late challenge for a play-off place at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.
Hull will be looking for a third successive Championship win tonight following back-to-back successes against Derby County 2-1 last week and Charlton Athletic 1-0 at the weekend, and another win tonight would place them firmly in the box seat for automatic promotion along with Cardiff City, given that Watford face a tricky fixture at Ipswich Town.
Hull have been beaten just once in their last five matches which was a 1-0 loss at Brighton weekend before last but recent wins over Millwall and the aforementioned Derby and Charlton have maintained their challenge at the top of the table. At home, just the one indiscretion in their last seven which was an unexpected 1-3 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, but aside from that the Tigers have been solid in recent weeks with wins over Huddersfield Town and Leeds United along with holding Crystal Palace and Leicester City to draws.
Hull’s home record stands at 10-2-4 24/15 and Steve Bruce’s men have kept a total of seven clean sheets so far which has gone a long way to achieving their current league placing.
Tonight’s opponents Blackburn Rovers have put together a promising set of results in recent weeks with just one defeat inflicted on them in their last seven; a surprising 1-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at home, but wins over Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Ipswich Town have pushed Rovers up the league and points taken off Brighton home and away suggest they might have an outside chance of making the top six yet.
Away from home, Rovers have not been so impressive with an overall record of 3-9-3 23/21 but they are unbeaten in their last three on the road with the Barnsley win and draws at Wolves and Brighton. However, Rovers’ performances against current top six clubs so far has been disappointing – defeats at Crystal Palace 0-2 and Middlesbrough 0-1 hardly set them up well for tonight’s clash at second placed Hull tonight and with three of their next five away matches at top six opposition (Hull City, Leicester City and Cardiff City), the next few away results could make or break Blackburn’s season.
Hull have been solid for most of the season at the KC Stadium and I get the feeling that Blackburn are still feeling their way under manager Appleton particularly away from home. I’ll therefore give the quarter ball in favour of Hull here tonight as the Tigers might edge this perhaps 1-0.
Pick: Hull City AH-0.25 @ 1.86 Canbet