Championship: Confidence will not be a problem for either side at Portman Road today after two truly remarkable upturns in form.
For hosts Ipswich Town, this has taken the form of four wins and a draw from five outings since Paul Jewell succeeded Roy Keane as manager. The latest of those came at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night when Sean O’Driscoll’s side were humbled 6-0 by the Tractor Boys.
Hull City, meanwhile, make the trip to Suffolk on the back of a fine run that has brought just one defeat from their last 16 league games. The Tigers are also unbeaten on the road since crashing to a 4-0 defeat at Burnley in September.
That 10-game unbeaten run away from the KC Stadium will be put firmly to the test today but midfielder Robert Koren insists Hull are up to the task.
He said: “Ipswich are going well and are in good form. But we are going with the aim of bringing back the three points.
“We have done well away from home recently and that has brought more confidence. We have got a tough week coming up with three games but we are looking to do well.”
Hull’s impressive run of results has seen Nigel Pearson’s men soar from 22nd in the table to the fringes of the play-off race.
As former Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday manager Jewell looks to maintain his own’s side form, he will have to make at least one change from the team that thrashed Doncaster in midweek.
Jimmy Bullard, under the terms of his loan deal, is not eligible to face parent club Hull, meaning Jewell is likely to turn to recent signing Andy Drury ahead of Luke Hyam and Jaime Peters.