Hull City (A) | Match Preview
Hull City v Argyle. MKM Stadium. Saturday, 30 September. 3pm. Sky Bet Championship.
Hull City began the season with a loss at Norwich City on the opening day, and followed that up by losing at home to Doncaster Rovers, as the Tigers exited the Carabao Cup. However, after those two opening defeats, Hull are unbeaten since.
They reacted with two wins, against Sheffield Wednesday at home (4-2) and away at Blackburn Rovers (2-1). City drew 1-1 at home to Bristol City, then pulled out a very impressive 1-0 win at Leicester City, before two more draws, both at home, against Coventry City (1-1) and Leeds United (0-0).
Last weekend, in a televised Sky encounter, Hull won 3-1 at Stoke City.
Son of ex West Ham forward and former Torquay United boss Leroy, Liam Rosenior had a playing career which including spells at Fulham, Reading and Brighton and Hove Albion, among others. He also represented England Under-21s.
His longest stint with a club was the five years he spent at Hull City between 2010 and 2015. In 2022, he would return to Humberside to become Tigers manager. He had previously spent time as a coach and then interim manager at Derby County.
Taking over at the MKM Stadium in November, Rosenior junior steered Hull to 15th place in the Championship last season.
Hull have scored 13 league goals so far this season - Aaron Connolly and Ozan Tufan have got nine of those goals between them.
Neither have started every game, either. Tufan's four goals have come from four starts and one substitute appearance, while Connolly has started four and come off the bench in four, scoring five times.
Connolly is an Ireland international forward who joined Hull on a permanent basis in the summer, having been on loan for the latter part of last season. He is a former Brighton player who had loans with Luton Town, Middlesbrough and Venezia before heading to Hull.
Tufan, playing in an attacking midfield role, scored a hat-trick in the win over Sheffield Wednesday, and his four goals this season add to eight from last term. The 2022/23 season was his first at Hull having signed for £4m in the summer of 2022. He has previously played for Turkish sides Bursaspor and Fenerbache, and has 65 caps for the Turkiye national team.
Other notables names in the Hull squad include Scott Twine (above), who was very impressive for Milton Keynes Dons, earning himself a move to Burnley, then signed for Hull on loan for this season; forward Liam Delap, who is on loan from Manchester City and has scored two goals this season in the league; highly-rated defender Jacob Greaves, 23, who has come through the Hull ranks and is approaching 150 games for the club.
Fancy a Stat?
In the 13 months between December 2006 and January 2008, Argyle played Hull four times and won all four. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored in all four games.
Argyle have played Hull City 76 times. The Greens have won 23 of those encounters, 19 have been draws, and Hull have won the other 34.
The sides last met in the 2020/21 season. Hull won both games, en route to winning the Sky Bet League One title.
A Strip for the Trip
Argyle will be wearing their white away kit for this game.
Tickets will remain on sale from the Home Park Ticket Office until 4pm on Thursday, 28 September.
This is an all-ticket match. There will be no sales after this point, including on the day of the game.
The Walton Street car park at the stadium will not be in use for the game. Hull City recommend using the park and ride, which is signposted from the A63 Clive Sullivan Way. Priory Park & Ride provides 650 parking spaces with a frequent bus service dropping off and picking up spectators outside the stadium on Anlaby Road. For more information, please visit www.hull.gov.uk
Argyle TV’s pre-match show, with Charlie Price and Katie Middleton, will begin at 2pm, and is available to watch for free on YouTube.
Domestic supporters can listen to audio commentary, provided by BBC Radio Devon's James Law and Hasney Aljofree, on Argyle TV, while international supporters can buy a match pass to watch the game, here.