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Goals from George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter secured a 2-0 win for Hull over Barnsley before the international break, ending a run of five successive defeats in the process.
Grant McCann admitted that the break probably came at the wrong time for the Tigers, who would have wanted to try to build some momentum and move out of the bottom three.
Nonetheless, with a trip to 20th-place Cardiff City to come on Wednesday, McCann will feel this could be an important week for his side.
Hull are the Championship’s lowest scorers this season with just 11 goals to their name, while no team in the division has picked up fewer points at home (five).
However, the Tigers are unbeaten in their last four matches against Birmingham and have won six consecutive games against the Blues on home turf.
Hull right-back Lewie Coyle has been sidelined until the new year after damaging his ankle ligaments; Josh Emmanuel should replace him.
That may be the only change that Grant McCann makes as he aims to build on the win over Barnsley before the international break.
George Honeyman’s yellow card against the Tykes leaves him one booking away from a one-match suspension, a situation which Di’Shon Bernard is also in.
Birmingham had hoped that the international break would allow them to bring back a few of their injured players, but only centre-back Dion Sanderson is set to return from the sidelines.
It leaves Jordan Graham, George Friend, Maxime Colin and Kristian Pedersen all still unavailable.
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19-year-old Marcel Oakley made his league debut in the absence of Graham against Reading and put in an impressive performance, so should keep his place.
Hull City possible starting lineup:
Baxter; Emmanuel, Bernard, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood, Docherty; Wilks, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter; Magennis
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Sarkic; Dean, Roberts, Sanderson; Oakley, Sunjic, Gardner, Bela; McGree; Hogan, Deeney