Hull City vs Wigan Athletic preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Hull City entertain Wigan Athletic in the first round of the Carabao Cup at the MKM Stadium as both teams will be back in action just three days after both teams opener their respective league seasons.

The Tigers' first game back in the EFL Championship was a 4-1 victory over Preston North End with Emil Rus Jakobsen's opener giving the Lilywhites an early lead. Keane Lewis-Potter, Richard Smallwood, Josh Magennis and Andy Cannon found the back of the net to overcome the early deficit.

A 2-1 defeat to Sunderland marked the start of the Latics' second season in EFL League One as Gwion Edwards' 15th-minute opener was canceled out by an Aiden McGeady penalty just two minutes later and Ross Stewart gave the Black Cats all three points, breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute.

Team news

Hull will be without left-back Callum Elder as he continues to have his ankle injury assessed with Brandon Fleming or Josh Emmanuel likely to feature in the back four, while former Exeter winger Randell Williams was ruled out of the win against Preston and won't be ready for this clash.

Midfielder George Honeyman will miss the opening spell of the season through injury, while another new face, George Moncur could be given more minutes after making his competitive debut for the Tigers at Deepdale.

Leam Richardson will also take the opportunity to look at several of Wigan's new arrivals after midfielder Jordan Cousins featured off of the bench on Saturday while striker Steven Humphrys only played the final ten minutes.

New signings Charlie Wyke and Max Power both featured against their former club on Saturday, but as two of the Latics' most important players, they may be saved for league action.

Edwards scored on his Wigan debut in that game and he will likely be deployed again as Richardson hopes his attacker builds a run of goals. Defender Tom Pearce is a doubt.

Predicted lineups

Hull City: Ingram; Coyle, Bernard, Greaves, Fleming; Cannon, Smith; Lewis-Potter, Moncur, Wilkes; Eaves

Wigan Athletic: Amos; Dariwka, Long, Whatmough, Robinson; Cousins, Naylor; Edwards, Keane, Lang; Humphrys

Ones to watch

Andy Cannon

Cannon came on to round out the scoring for Hull on Saturday in his first appearance since signing from Portsmouth. More known for his defensive skills, chief among them being a strong tackler, his tally against Preston will be a welcome sight in a midfield that looks like it could be lacking in goals.

Gwion Edwards

Edwards also scored for his new club and will bring an element of creativity as he is excellent at crossing the ball and two of his three shots were inside the penalty area, highlighting his ability to get into dangerous areas on the pitch.

Previous meetings

Hull did the double over Wigan in League One last season, outscoring the Latics by a combined 8-1 in the two matches. The second of those victories came on May 1st as there were three goals in five minutes.

The Tigers took the lead after 17 minutes when Lewis-Potter's header was pawed onto the right-hand post by goalkeeper Jamie Jones but squirmed into the back of the net. Wigan equalized two minutes later after Will Keane was given acres of space on the left to tee up Joe Dodoo, who could not miss.

Honeyman put Hull back in front five minutes later when he battered home Wilks' back-heel from the right of the penalty box and they put the game beyond Wigan's reach after 66 minutes when Wilks stood up a flighted cross from the left and Magennis headed high into the roof of the net as the Tigers were crowned League One champions.

How to watch

Under Carabao Cup regulations, the game cannot be streamed live with Latics TV only able to provide audio commentary. Packages start at £4.50 per month with seasonal packages going for £45. Kick-off is set for 7:45pm UK time.

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