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Hull are unlikely to finish any lower than 20th this season, currently sitting seven points clear of 21st-placed Reading, but they are only five points behind 17th-placed Cardiff leading into the next set of fixtures, so there is the potential for them to move higher up the division over the next few weeks.
The Tigers secured a return to the second tier by winning League One last season, so consolidating back at this level of football was always going to be their number one priority this term.
Shota Arveladze has been in charge of the club since January, boasting a record of four wins, three draws and seven defeats from his 14 matches at the helm.
Hull suffered back-to-back home losses to Luton Town and Huddersfield Town either side of the international break but managed to return to winning ways in impressive fashion on Saturday, as Keane Lewis-Potter‘s 74th-minute effort secured all three points at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough.
The Tigers recorded a 1-0 victory over Cardiff in the reverse match between the two sides earlier this season, but they have lost three of their last five Championship fixtures with the Welsh outfit.
Hull boss Arveladze revealed during his pre-match press conference that only Randell Williams remains unavailable for selection, with the home side otherwise having a full-fit squad.
Allahyar Sayyadmanesh was named in the starting lineup against Middlesbrough last time out, and the 20-year-old might have done enough to keep his spot at centre-forward for this match despite the return of Tom Eaves from suspension.
Greg Docherty is in line for a recall in midfield, though, with the Scot potentially replacing Regan Slater in the starting XI on Friday afternoon.
As for Cardiff, Sean Morrison, Max Watters and Alex Smithies remain unavailable for selection, but the Welsh outfit have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match.
As a result, the starting XI is expected to be similar to the one that took to the field for the first whistle against Reading last time out, with Jordan Hugill again leading the line.
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There could potentially be a change in the middle of the park, though, with Vaulks, who came off the bench to score the winner against the Royals, possibly replacing Joe .
Hull City possible starting lineup:
Ingram; McLoughlin, Greaves, Jones; Longman, Smallwood, Docherty, Fleming; Honeyman, Sayyadmanesh, Lewis-Potter
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Phillips; Drameh, Ng, Nelson, Bagan; Vaulks, Wintle; Colwill, Doyle, Doughty; Hugill