Leeds United’s push for automatic promotion to the Premier League continues on Saturday lunchtime with a trip to Hull City.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have struggled for consistency in 2020, so they will know a victory at mid-table Hull is crucial if they are to widen the gap between themselves and the play-offs.
But as we have seen many times throughout the current campaign, no result in the Championship is cut and dry and Hull will be up for the fight.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, live stream information and more.
When is Hull City vs Leeds United and where can I watch live?
Competition: EFL Championship
Venue: KCOM Stadium
Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD
Last five meetings: Hull City vs Leeds United
10 Dec 2019: Leeds United 2-0 Hull City (Championship)
29 Dec 2018: Leeds United 0-2 Hull City (Championship)
2 Oct 2018: Hull City 0-1 Leeds United (Championship)
30 Jan 2018: Hull City 0-0 Leeds United (Championship)
23 Dec 2017: Leeds United 1-0 Hull City (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Hull City (LWLDL) 2-4 Leeds United (WLWDW)
Ones to watch
Hull City: Tom Eaves
Hull lost two of their biggest goal threats – Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki – in the January transfer window. The duo was responsible for 24 goals between them this term before departing.
All of which is to say Tom Eaves is now under pressure to start performing more consistently. The striker has found the net eight times this term and he’ll need to add to that if Hull are to pull away from danger in the coming weeks.
Key stat: After Eaves, Hull’s next-highest scorer this season is Josh Magennis with just four goals following the exits of Bowen and Grosicki.
Leeds United: Jack Harrison
Harrison’s second season on loan at Leeds United from Manchester City has been promising if a little inconsistent. Of course, the same could be said for Leeds’ campaign on the whole, which is why Harrison’s contribution shouldn’t be taken for granted.
The 23-year-old winger has popped up with crucial goals here and there, a doubly important trait given the man leading the line for Leeds – Patrick Bamford – continues to be hit and miss in the box.
A run of goalscoring form from an attacking midfielder like Harrison could be the catalyst behind Leeds’ bid to finally secure promotion.
Key stat: Harrison has scored six goals and provided five assists for Leeds this season – only Bamford has directly contributed more often.
Mallick Wilks is available again after being ineligible to play against his parent club Barnsley on Wednesday night. Jon Toral could start as his gradual return from a three-month injury lay-off continues.
Predicted XI: Long; Pennington, Burke, De Wijs, Elder; Da Silva Lopez, Irvine; Wilks, Honeyman, Magennis; Eaves.
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Kiko Casilla and Kalvin Phillips will both hope to have fully recovered from recent knocks to start at the KCOM Stadium.
Predicted XI: Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Costa, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison; Bamford.
You never know what you’re going to get with Leeds, particularly with the pressure at maximum going into the run-in. Still, Bielsa’s side have the potential to overcome just about any team in the division and they should narrowly see off Hull, making it four wins in a row.