Only a result against a formidable Hull City side stands between Huddersfield Town and a hat-trick of successive losses.

Relegated from the Premier League last term and eyeing an immediate return to the top table's riches, the Tigers have retained the core of their squad from last season - the likes of Abel Hernandez, Robert Snodgrass, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko and more all come with a Premier League pedigree.

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But their recent form underlines that the Tigers are beatable, and from automatic promotion certs they are now targeting seven wins from seven games to have a realistic chance of avoiding the play-offs.

A 4-0 drubbing at Derby County in midweek means they have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions, and manager Steve Bruce is desperate to address a slide that means they are now closer to seventh than the second automatic promotion spot.

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However, history does not smile on Town in this fixture.

The Terriers have lost their last five on the bounce against Hull - last time they were victorious in this fixture Andy Booth was on the scoresheet and this was a League One clash back in 2004.

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In fact, Town haven't scored against this particular opposition since 2005. On the other hand, Hull are looking for back-to-back wins at the John Smith's Stadium, and they haven't achieved that since 1987.

However, they are managed by a former centre back and have a defensive record Bruce would have been proud of in his pomp.

Only 27 goals conceded in 39 league games tells its own story - accompanied by 19 clean sheets in that time, compared with Town's eight - and their ability to protect a lead has fired them to the top echelons of the division.

Since the New Year, there have been just three occasions in the Championship fixtures when Hull and their opposition have found the net, and yet this is a side that aren't shy in front of goal.

Hull City's Abel Hernandez

Top scorer Abel Hernandez has 16 strikes to his name, but after a barn-storming January he hasn't found the net in his last nine outings. As a team, Hull have netted twice more than Town, but they are less clinical - relying on a significantly higher number of shots per game than David Wagner's men.

With Moses Adubajo suspended, Ahmed Elmohamedy looks certain to return and his five assists from the right hand side will ensure James Husband is expecting a busy afternoon - 41% of the Tigers' attacks come down that wing.

Bruce has ensured his side are strong in the wide areas, but their skill around the box also needs watching. Including penalties, the Tigers have scored more than one in five of their league goals from set piece situations. Tough tacklers beware.

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Statistically stronger in the tackle and individual duel than the Terriers, Hull City set their stall out in a similar way to Town, enjoying 53% of the ball on average and favouring short passes designed to keep possession.

It's a formula that seemed to be working for them, especially after a fantastic run in January fired them into the top two.

But a spring time slump has caused consternation on Humberside, and they won't relish a trip to face Town - who are one of the highest scoring sides outside the top six.

And with one more win sure to curtail any relegation chatter, it should be a fascinating encounter.