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Hull City v Leeds United Live build-up and team news from the KCOM Stadium

Good morning!

Much earlier than we normally are on Saturday. We start with our big match preview.

A run of nine games without a win has dragged Hull City into the thick of a relegation fight in the Championship, ensuring there has barely been a better time to topple Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Philip Buckingham’s prediction: City’s need for a derby hero has never been sharper amid sorry slump

If Hull City have been guilty of sleepwalking into a relegation scrap, the last seven days have placed smelling salts under the noses of Grant McCann and his players.

No longer can they ignore the dangers bunching up beneath them. The heavy breath of rivals can be felt and no amount of handwringing will make them go away.

Defeats to Preston and, in particular, Barnsley have left City in deep trouble. While everyone around them picks up points, the Tigers resemble a side unsure of where their next win will come from.

Belief has gone and there is a fragility to a side that has now gone nine games without a victory. Supporters are quite understandably spooked by events of the last month.

Hull City players warm up before match against Barnsley
Hull City players warm up before match against Barnsley