Hull City vs Peterborough United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
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Peterborough United travel to East Yorkshire to face top of the league Hull City in one of the biggest games of the season so far in Sky Bet League One (kick off 15:00 BST).

Both sides are in impressive form, with four wins out of their last five games - indeed, both sides had narrow 1-0 victories in midweek to put some breathing space between the top four and the play-off places. Even at this early stage, the game is a huge test for both sides and with Ipswich Town playing Lincoln City (sides second and third respectively) it is a massive weekend at the top of the table.

  • Team news 

One player that will definitely miss out for Hull is Lewie Coyle. The former Fleetwood Town player of the season was signed with much excitement in the summer, but the fact that he was suspended for the first three games of the season has meant that Josh Emmanuel has been able to claim the right back spot for himself. 

Coyle started on Tuesday night against AFC Wimbledon but came off injured, with the diagnosis being four to six weeks on the sidelines. Football can be a cruel sport sometimes and the Hull faithful will be hoping the home-Town boy has a speedy recovery over the next couple of months. 

Grant McCann also spoke about Jordy de Wijs and said that he is back available for selection after a bout of illness, and James Scott has now returned to training. Mallik Wilks, who was only fit to start on the bench against the Dons, has now fully recovered from illness and will be in line to start against the Posh.

As far as Peterborough go, they will be without front man Ricky-Jade Jones who is side-lined until at least Christmas with a leg injury. Joe Ward received treatment following a hefty challenge at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night but is expected to be fit to face the Tigers. 

Otherwise, manager Darren Ferguson has no injury worries going into the game and it should be a fascinating encounter after both sides have shown great form this season already. 

  • Ones to watch 

Mallik Wilks has started the season in great form for the Tigers and will probably start on the right hand side for the home side. He scored two goals last weekend away at Rochdale, and caused all sorts of problems when he came on against AFC Wimbledon. It certainly looks a shrewd piece of business bringing him in on a permanent deal at the end of last season from Barnsley.

Jonson Clarke-Harris was in form in midweek for the Posh, scoring the winner against Wigan Athletic. The forward is top scorer for the away side with three goals, and will be determined to add to his total and make his mark in a league that Peterborough feel they should have a good chance of getting out of this season.

  • Predicted line-ups 

Hull City: Ingram; Emmanuel, Greaves, Burke, Elder; Smallwood, Docherty, Honeyman; Lewis-Potter, Magennis, Wilks.

Peterborough United: Pym; Thompson, Kent, Beevers, Butler; Taylor, Brown; Ward, Szmodics, Dembele; Clarke-Harris. 

  • View from both sides 

Defender Reece Burke spoke to the media ahead of them game and touched on his manager’s comments about the Tigers not being at their best in midweek.

We said in the changing room that it wasn’t the best performance, but we won 1-0 at the end of the day,” he said. “It’s a sign of a good team that we can get a result when we don’t play as well as we’d have liked.

It’s nice to be up there at the top, but our focus is always on the next game which is this weekend, so we’re looking forward to that.

I feel like I’m quite experienced playing League One football from my first loan, but it’s about me trying to play well every game and being a player that stands out, that’s my aim.”

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was full of praise for the job Grant McCann is doing at Hull City after a troublesome time last season. “Grant was a fantastic player for me,” Ferguson stated.

And I’m not surprised he went on to become a manager and I’m also not surprised he’s done well at it. He’s got the better of me as a manager so far, but we haven’t met that often. It’s certainly a game I want to win.

Fair play to Hull for sticking with him and he recruited very well in the summer.

They’ve had some good games to play, but I said at the start of the season they would be strong challengers for promotion and that will still be the case no matter what the result on Saturday.”

  • Kick-off time and how to watch 

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday. The game is available on each club’s respective iFollow service, priced at £10 for UK viewers and £7 for international fans.