Hull City will be looking to bounce back from a run of four defeats on the bounce when they play host to Luton Town on Friday.
Despite nine places separating the two sides in the standings, the hosts could move ahead of their 11th-placed opponents with a victory at the MKM Stadium.
Hull City’s form was matching the level of ambition and investment of the club’s recently-arrived owners when they started the campaign with eight points from four matches.
However, a run of five defeats in six game has left the Tigers down in 20th place, just one point above the relegation zone and with by far the worst defensive record in the division.
Shota Arveladze’s side have conceded at least twice in their six most recent matches, the last three times without finding the back of the net themselves.
The legendary Georgian has now claimed nine wins and lost 15 of his 30 games in charge, putting him under substancial pressure ahead of four upcoming fixtures which will be deemed to be favourable.
Meanwhile, Luton Town will have a sense of relief that Brighton & Hove Albion quickly appointed a new head coach given speculation regarding Nathan Jones.
The link was somewhat of a surprise with the Hatters having struggled at times this season, but Luton have responded from a slow start to collect 11 points from their last six matches.
Although a surprise home defeat to Wigan prevented more optimism from being felt from their recent run, a 2-0 victory over Blackburn before the international break came as a relief.
Ahead ot the weekend’s fixture, Luton now have the cjance to move into fifth place, and they will be confident of doing so having come out on top in their last two away games this season in this division.
Hull City vs Luton Town head to head
These two teams have previously met on 12 occasions across all competitions, where Hull have claimed five victories while Luton have won six, and they have drawn once. Luton have scored 14 goals and conceded 13. In their last five meetings, Luton have won three while Hull have won two.
Luton Town 1-2 Hull City 13/03/07
Luton Town 0-3 Hull City 21/09/19
Hull City 0-1 Luton Town 18/07/20
Luton Town 1-0 Hull City 23/10/21
Hull City 1-3 Luton Town 19/03/22
Hull City latest home form
Hull City have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having lost each of their two most recent matches. They lost 3-0 to Stoke City in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded nine.
Hull City 2-1 Bristol City 30/07/22
Hull City 2-1 Norwich City 13/08/22
Hull City 3-2 Coventry City 27/08/22
Hull City 0-2 Sheffield United 04/09/22
Hull City 0-3 Stoke City 13/09/22
Hull City latest away form
Hull City have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having been winless in their seven most recent matches. They lost 3-0 to Swansea City in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and conceded 14.
Bradford City 2-1 Hull City 09/08/22
Burnley 1-1 Hull City 16/08/22
West Bromwich Albion 5-2 Hull City 20/08/22
Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Hull City 30/08/22
Swansea City 3-0 Hull City 17/09/22
Luton Town latest home form
Luton Town have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just one of their four most recent matches. They defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and also conceded six.
Luton Town 0-1 Preston North End 13/08/22
Luton Town 1-1 Sheffield United 26/08/22
Luton Town 1-2 Wigan Athletic 03/09/22
Luton Town 2-2 Coventry City 14/09/22
Luton Town 2-0 Blackburn Rovers 17/09/22
Luton Town latest away form
Luton Town have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having lost just one of their seven most recent matches. They defeated Cardiff City 2-1 in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded four.
Peterborough United 0-2 Luton Town 20/07/22
Burnley 1-1 Luton Town 06/08/22
Bristol City 2-0 Luton Town 16/08/22
Swansea City 0-2 Luton Town 20/08/22
Cardiff City 1-2 Luton Town 30/08/22
Hull City news
Tobias Figueiredo’s ever-present run in the Hull City defence could come to an end after his poor performance in the game against Swansea City last time out.
That may lead to an immediate recall for Alfie Jones, while Greg Docherty and Trayn Woods are both pushing for spots in central midfield.
Luton Town news
Amari’r Bell is currently on international duty to represent Jamaica, and the left wing-back is not likely to feature from the start of this contest.
Alfie Doughty is likely to come into the starting XI in his place, potentially representing the only change to the team which started in the game against Blackburn.
Prediction and Odds
The international break came at the ideal time for Hull City, but not so much for a Luton Town side building momentum.
Having had time to take stock of their recent from, we feel that the hosts will respond with a performance which will enable them to earn share of the spoils.
Odds: 1 2.28 X 2.05 2 2.20
Hull City 0-0 Luton Town
Hull City 1-1 Luton Town
Hull City 2-2 Luton Town
Hull City 0-1 Luton Town
Hull City 1-2 Luton Town