Hull City meet Queens Park Rangers in a significant clash between two sides who escaped the bottom three with crucial victories last time out.
After a run of three straight defeats without scoring, the Tigers have begun February in ideal fashion, with a fine draw at champions Manchester City followed up by a huge three point haul against Aston Villa, where January signing Dame N’Doye made the desired impact on his full debut.
But this is another game they cannot afford to lose, as it another home encounter with a side very much with them in the battle to avoid the drop. It is likely to be a tense affair, but in beating Villa they showed that they could handle the pressure, and with games against Stoke City, Sunderland and Leicester City coming up, this is likely to be a pivotal few weeks in the context of their season.
Chris Ramsey has had an immediate effect since taking over the reins at QPR, ending their abysmal run of away defeats that had stretched since the beginning of the season with a 2-0 success at Sunderland. That was made all the more impressive by the absence of top scorer Charlie Austin.
As a result, they moved out of the bottom three and Ramsey has earned the right to remain in charge of the West London club until the end of the season. That win on Wearside will surely breathe new confidence to the side on the road, especially as they were able to eradicate the defensive lapses that have let them down so often.
The hosts continue to be without James Chester, Liam Rosenior, Robert Snodgrass and Mohamed Diame through injury, although the Senegalese midfielder is nearing a return.
QPR have Austin back, but have suffered several injuries in recent weeks, with Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha, Leroy Fer and Mauricio Isla among those ruled out.
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