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The Opposition: Hull City

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30 August 2019

Millwall make a long-awaited return to The Den this Saturday afternoon as Hull City visit the capital following three straight away matches for The Lions.

Neil Harris' side will look to extend their winning home record this season, having been yet to concede at The Den in 2019/20. The Lions also seek respite after late disappointment in Tuesday's Carabao Cup Second Round penalties defeat at Oxford United.

The visit of Grant McCann's Hull rounds off a month of August in which Millwall have had to contend with no less than eight competitive games, sitting 10th in the Sky Bet Championship with eight points from five League matches. The last Championship outing saw Tom Bradshaw net his first League goal for the club with his first touch in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough; Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's first two goals in blue and white arrived in the week at Oxford.

Hull have endured a difficult start to the campaign, sitting 20th in the Championship with four points from their opening five games. The Tigers have also been eliminated from the Carabao Cup - like Millwall, the side were beaten on penalties following a 2-2 draw, coming at Preston in the week. Successive home defeats at the KCOM Stadium came against Blackburn and Bristol City, meaning McCann's men will be looking for a positive upturn in form at The Den before the international break hits. The club have recruited the likes of Tom Eaves, Leonardo Lopes and George Honeyman among others to strengthen their squad, with players such as Liam Ridgewell, Fraizer Campbell and Evandro departing Humberside.

McCann was announced as Hull City’s new manager in the summer on a one-year rolling contract, taking over from Nigel Adkins. The 39-year-old left his previous post at Doncaster Rovers having taken the club to the League One Play-Offs, and followed on from his first full managerial role at Peterborough United after an initial caretaker spell. The Posh saw McCann enjoy some of the best years of his playing career as a midfielder, making over 120 League appearances and scoring 29 goals. McCann also represented Cheltenham Town, Barnsley and Scunthorpe United, and played 39 times – scoring four goals – for the Northern Ireland national team.

Millwall and Hull have met a total of 64 times prior to this weekend, with The Lions taking 22 wins to The Tigers' 24. Millwall were beaten 2-1 at the KCOM in the previous meeting in February last season, with our FA Cup journey of last season beginning with a 2-1 victory at The Den over Hull in January - Shane Ferguson's remarkable late double earning the win.

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