Hull v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 28 April 2018 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphp3B86.tmpScotland international Allan McGregor is set to play for Hull at home to Cardiff, despite being strongly linked with a summer move to Rangers.

McGregor is out of contract at the end of the season and Hull want the veteran goalkeeper to stay at the KCOM Stadium. The Tigers have been boosted by the return of Adama Diomande to the training ground after two months out, although Hull's final Sky Bet Championship home game of the season might come too soon for the Norwegian striker.

Fikayo Tomori is expected to come into the back line after last week's incredible 5-5 draw at Bristol City, while Kamil Grosicki and Abel Hernandez are also pushing for starting spots.

Midfielders Aron Gunnarsson and Callum Paterson are expected to be fit for promotion-chasing Cardiff. The pair picked up knocks in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Derby, but Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock will consider his options and on-loan Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic could be recalled.

Kenneth Zohore could also be in line to return, while Craig Bryson is available again after being ineligible against parent club Derby. Wales defender Jazz Richards has returned to full training following a long-term ankle problem, but is unlikely to feature.

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The Tigers have lost just one of their last nine home league matches against Cardiff (W5 D3), a 2-0 reverse in February 2011.

The Bluebirds have lost three of their last four league games against Hull, but won 1-0 earlier this season.

Nigel Adkins has lost four of his last five matches against Neil Warnock in all competitions (W1).

Warnock, however, is winless in his last six away league visits to Hull (D2 L4) and lost 5-1 in his last match there in May 2016 with Rotherham United.

The Tigers have lost just two of their last 12 home league matches (W4 D6), but did lose 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday last time out at the KCOM Stadium.

Since their 13-game unbeaten run between January and the beginning of April, Cardiff have lost three of their last five Championship games (W2), including a 3-1 away defeat against Derby County last time out.

Harry Wilson has been directly involved in five of Hull's last nine league goals at home (two goals, three assists).

Match officials

Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official: Eddie Ilderton