Fleetwood and Hull face off for the first time ever on Friday night. This is a fixture which perfectly encapsulates the change in fortunes that these two clubs have enjoyed and endured over the last few years. Hull tumbled out of the top flight in 2017 and crash-landed into League One this season with a humbling 8-0 loss to Wigan the most painful blemish in a bruising season last year.
The Cod Army had never played league football until 2012 and they’ve not looked back since, becoming a regular League One club over the last six years. So, with the history lesson over, we can only look at this season’s exploits to try and figure out what’s going to happen at Highbury (no, not that one) on Friday.
Fleetwood v Hull
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, 19:45
Frankly, this one doesn’t seem too difficult to predict on paper. Hull have won all four of their League One games this season, slaying Gillingham, Crewe, Northampton and Plymouth to Nil to take up second place at this early stage, scoring six in the process. There’s no doubt it’s an impressive start but there will be far sterner tests to come for The Tigers over their remaining 42 games.
And one of those will probably not come in the shape of Fleetwood who’ve fallen away after making a decent start to the 2020/21 season if you take the flurry of cup games into consideration. However, they’re now without a league win since an opening-day victory over Burton.
They’ve only been losing by the odd goal but Grant McCann’s revitalised Hull have proven themselves effective at getting the job done, and it’s well worth backing Hull to Win here.
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As mentioned earlier, Hull have been winning in functional style on a platform of a perfect defence. They’re yet to concede in the league and that solid base should be enough to keep out Joey Barton’s boys who have netted four times in four games.
Hull are not blowing teams away and are averaging 1.5 goals a game this season, but with that well-drilled and ruthlessly effective defence, everything is pointing towards Under 2.5 Goals on Friday night as Hull dictate proceedings and continue their good start.
If, as expected, Hull boss the game and navigate their way to another a narrow victory we’re getting good odds on The Tigers’ young forward Keane Lewis-Potter to find what might be the only goal of the game. He’s bagged two this term with both of them coming as the first goal in 2-0 wins.
He’s already matched his total for last season and the drop down in divisions seems the perfect platform for the 19-year-old to establish himself and get some games and goals under his belt. He’s clearly a young man in form and riding the crest of a wave so Keane Lewis-Potter to Score First feels like a good play in this one.
Tips for Fleetwood v Hull on Friday at 19:45
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