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In recent weeks, Hull supporters have been as interested in the club’s results in the Championship and the FA Cup as they have on the prospect of a takeover.
The latter is expected to be confirmed in a matter of days, likely giving Grant McCann the freedom to show ambition in the transfer market before the end of the month.
Nevertheless, the Tigers cannot lose sight of the fact that they are four games without success in the league, a run which has kept Peterborough United within touching distance while they still possess a game in hand.
Hull’s performances have been far more encouraging than their results, but McCann knows that points are all that matters at this stage of the season as he bids to showcase a bright future to any potential additions.
However, that is something that felt obvious as Hull pushed Everton all the way in the FA Cup third round last weekend, McCann’s side deservedly taking the Toffees to extra time before they ran out of steam.
Hull may only make one change to the team which performed well against Everton last week.
Ryan Longman could return at right wing-back, taking the place of Randell Williams, but Tom Huddlestone may have to make do with a spot on the substitutes’ bench.
Stoke will hand recalls to many of the players who were rested against Leyton Orient, including Adam Davies, Tommy Smith and Danny Batth.
Josh Tymon and Campbell, who were introduced as replacements during that game, should also come back into the first XI, with Tymon potentially deputising for the doubtful Mario Vrancic in midfield.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who has signed on loan from Manchester City, is in contention for an immediate debut.
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Hull City possible starting lineup:
Baxter; Bernard, Greaves, McLoughlin; Longman, Docherty, Smallwood, Lewis-Potter; Honeyman; Smith, Eaves
Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Davies; Wilmot, Batth, Chester; Smith, Clucas, Allen, Tymon, Ince; Brown, Campbell