Second bottom Ipswich Town travel to 21st placed Hull City on Saturday in what is already shaping up to be a pivotal encounter for two struggling sides in the early stages of the season.

Hull have taken just four points from their opening six league games, losing four of those matches with their solitary victory coming in a 3-2 win at Rotherham United. Ipswich meanwhile have yet to register a single victory in all competitions so far this campaign, having drawn three and lost three of their opening six Championship games.

Nigel Adkins, who lead The Tigers to safety last season after taking over from Leonid Slutsky in last December, has struggled to address Hull’s defensive frailties from last season. He has seen his side concede 11 goals league goals already this term. A defeat on Saturday would see Hull set an unwanted club record of seven straight home defeats in all competitions.

Ipswich’s new manager Paul Hurst has yet to record a victory and appears to be still unsure over his best team, with Ipswich having used the most players in the division so far with 24. The Tractor Boys have lost their opening three league matches away from home, scoring just a single goal so far on their travels.

Both club’s start to the season have put early pressure on their respective managers, who will both be hoping for a victory to ease that mounting pressure. A victory for either side could lift them away from the bottom of the table, with just two points separating 23rd placed Ipswich and 16th placed Millwall heading into the weekend.

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