Hull vs. Bolton: Preview

Friday night sees Bolton travel to Hull’s KCOM stadium for their next Championship encounter.

Having been beaten in their last league game against Derby, Bolton will be hoping to continue their decent away record so far this season having picked up points against both Millwall and Birmingham.

Hull have had a mixed start to the season sitting 14th in the table. They have managed a win against Burton, a draw against Aston Villa and defeats against Wolves and in their last league game, against QPR.

If Bolton are to come away with a good result, they’ll have to be at their best and watch out for key players such as veteran defender Michael Dawson, a midfield duo of David Meyler and recent summer signing Sebastian Larsson, and striker Frazier Campbell.

Last time we travelled to the then KC stadium back in 2015, Bolton then managed by Neil Lennon came away with a narrow 1-0 defeat after a goal from striker Chuba Akpom.

Over the years several players have worn both the white of Bolton and the gold and black stripes of Hull City, including Wanderers favourites Henrik Pedersen, Abdoulaye Faye, Jay-Jay Okocha and Sam Ricketts. Even Greek international Stelios even made 2 appearances for the Tigers.

The last time we came away with a win away from home against the Tigers was way back in 2008, during the Premier League days – a Matty Taylor goal on the 50th minute was the different between the two teams as we beat them 0-1.

Jen’s preferred starting XI: Howard, Little, Burke, Beevers, A Taylor, Buckley, Pratley, Karacan, Morais, Madine, Le Fondre

Jen predicts a narrow defeat: 1-0.

Aaron’s preferred starting XI: Howard, Little, Burke, Devrite, Taylor, Morais, Karacan, Derik, Buckley, Madine, Le Fondre

Aaron predicts a heavy defeat: 3-0

What are your predictions for the game? Please leave a comment below.

By Aaron Stevens & Jen Ward


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  1. I think Parky will definitely play3-5-2. But I’m not totally convinced that Howard will be selected after last night. Alnwick did OK. I’ve got a feeling Wheats might play. In which case, it should be Wheater, Burke and Beevers at the back. Morais will be right wing-back. I’m sure he will stick with Taylor out on the left, but the new lad Robinson is quick with good feet. His only problem for me is knowing when to release the ball and when to hold it. He can be caught out trying to dribble and leave large gaps. If he can sort that out, I think he will end up as our left wing-back. I would play Derik instead of Pratley any time of the day. I get the feeling that Parky is now going to play both Armstrong and Le Fondre at some stage to see who is the more successful. Half a game each, maybe. They’re both similar and very quick, but one of them may go on a run (we should be so lucky). He has to persevere with Buckley now. He needs games under his belt to get up to speed. I also think he will play both Karacan and Cullen. But, the way Karacan is collecting cards, he will be banned before long. I’m going for an optimistic draw.


  2. A number of positives coming from Parky & Co, about tonight’s match. Obviously, they were buoyed up by Tuesday’s performance. It did hold more promise than of late. He assures us he wants to attack. Not sure that’s the best option at Hull of all places, but they do seem a little vulnerable at the moment. Parky went some way to explaining why he is sticking with 3-5-2. And once again it comes to down to available players. Seems that when Ameobi and Vela are fit again, we may change the formation to four at the back. We’ll see! For me, the five players who have a chance of breaking into the team are, Armstrong, Buckley, Robinson, Derik and Little. All are quick off the mark and that’s important. I would like to think that Pratley will lose his place to Derik, but again it’s doubtful. I can’t understand Parky’s thinking on Pratley. He is so obviously out of his depth. Yes, he has a great engine, but little else to offer. I think Robinson is very talented, but does need to beware of holding the ball a little too much. He got caught out on Tuesday trying to beat everyone. But he could well be in the first team before long if he smooths out the rough edges. He has just what we need, talent, quick feet, speed and loads of confidence to get forward. He, Armstrong and Little troubled Wednesday all night with their speed. It looks like Wheats won’t play tonight, so it’s as you were at the back. I think Morais and Buckley will wing it. Cullen and Karacan in midfield. Armstrong and Madine up top.


  3. Slightly disappointed with tonight’s selection. Parky has gone with the tried and tested away from home. Somewhat at odds with his attacking rhetoric of yesterday. Only Armstrong and Buckley have made it from the bench. The latter in place of Pratley, who takes his place on the bench. And who you can bet your bottom dollar, will appear at some stage, during the match. Derik can consider himself unlucky again. As someone has commented, he must have run over Parky’s dog. This is the team that was steam-rollered by Derby last week. Let’s hope they have learned a valuable lesson watching the second string steam-roller Sheffield on Tuesday.


  4. Stop Press!….Parky has said that Derik hasn’t recovered sufficiently from Tuesday night to figure from the start. My heart bleeds for some of these young men!


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