It’s nervy times to be a fan of Hull City this evening as they take on AS Trencin in the second leg of their Europa league qualifier tonight. The first leg finished 0-0 so it's likely to be an incredibly tense night of football for both teams.
The KC Stadium will undoubtedly be rocking tonight as the ground plays host to a Slovak side looking to spoil what could be a historic Tigers party. A sell-out crowd of more than 25000 is expected (according to BBC Sport) that should create an almighty racket.
European adventure arrives in Humberside
The home side are boosted by the new arrivals of Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince, who both could make their full debuts tonight. Steve Bruce deserves credit for signing two very good players and Ince himself has been tipped for an England cap one day, following in his Father’s footsteps.
Snodgrass and Ince both made substitute appearances in the reverse leg but failed to make that much of an impact. The Scottish midfielder signed from Norwich and the winger bought from Blackpool will need to stamp their authority on the game tonight if Hull are to get the result they need from the game.
Hull enjoyed an utterly magnificent season last term. That includes their FA Cup run that took them all the way to the final which they dramatically lost 3-2 to Arsenal. That run is of course what got the club in this position and to waste the opportunity to play European football would be criminal.
At no point did the Tigers look like they were going to be relegated which in itself was a massive achievement. In the end they only finished two places above the drop zone, but they were allowed the excuse that they had a FA Cup final to distract them.
To emulate that form in during this forthcoming season will take an immense effort from Steve Bruce’s men, but a win tonight could propel them to greater things in the Premier league and beyond.