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Hull city are not nearly home and hosed in the race for championship survival but they head to ipswich town breathing far easier after the weekend win over norwich city.

That six-point gap – effectively seven with city’s goal difference – is reassuring and adding to it at portman road tonight would only increase the belief that this season will eventually end without the pain of relegation.

Assuming nigel adkins’ side can also find a couple of draws, that would need either birmingham or burton, the two closest threats in the relegation zone, to produce a finale that a promotion chaser would envy for the tigers to be caught.

A win would take them 17th, the highest position since november, but on a night where most below are watching on, a draw would be more than acceptable.

Although they have picked up decent wins at preston and sheffield wednesday of late, one win from their last seven home games has made them nothing more than a middling championship side.Sheffield united

City would dearly love to end up as one of those in may and you suspect adkins will sense this is another opportunity for his side to pull further clear of danger.

Mick mccarthy expects to see dominic iorfa sit out the visit of hull city tonight but the ipswich boss should be able to welcome back jonas knudsen (pictured) from injury.

Knudsen missed saturday’s 0-0 draw with sheffield united with a hamstring problem but the left-back is in line for a recall after resuming full training ahead of city’s visit.

Joe garner could return to the starting XI if mccarthy opts for an attack-minded side, but an ongoing knee injury is being nursed by ipswich’s medical team.

Mustapha carayol (groin) and tom adeyemi (hamstring) are still out, while long-term absentees emyr huws, andre dozzell (both knee), teddy bishop (hamstring), dean gerken (hip) and david mcgoldrick (groin) are all focusing on making returns next season.Sheffield united

Nigel adkins appears unlikely to start abel hernandez for a second time in four days at ipswich tonight, despite the fit-again striker netting twice on his return to the hull city side.

Hernandez scored two penalties in the 4-3 win over norwich but adkins accepts it would be a “gamble” to retain the striker ahead of saturday’s crucial trip to birmingham. Nouha dicko and fraizer campbell are on standby for a recall.

City will make a late call on the fitness of goalkeeper allan mcgregor. The scot missed his first championship game of the season at the weekend with a minor injury, with david marshall coming in for a rare start. Those dilemmas at either end of the pitch could be the only alterations after city produced the goods against norwich.

Full-backs stephen kingsley (groin) and moses odubajo (knee) could be back in action for the under-23s against burnley on thursday but tonight’s game is again expected to come too soon for evandro.Hull city

The playmaker has been out since the 1-0 win over sheffield united but the options available to adkins ensure there is little need to rush the brazilian back. The key battle: cole skuse v markus henriksen

Hull city had plenty in the running for the man of the match in saturday’s epic victory over norwich city and among them was markus henriksen following a vibrant performance in midfield.

The norway international shrugged off a poor early miss to produce one of his best displays for city in a midfield, forming an industrious trio along with seb larsson and jackson irvine.

It was they who helped to set a breathless tempo in the main and though that might need to be reined in away from home, the tigers will look to their midfield to again get them on the front foot.

Veteran cole skuse will have plenty to say about that. The long-serving midfielder recently brought up 200 appearances for the tractor boys and is the heartbeat of a side that has lost only one of its last seven games.Sheffield united ipswich town overview

A season that began with ipswich winning their first four games is in grave danger of fizzling out. A nine-point gap between town and the top six is not insurmountable but it would take a run of form that appears beyond this squad assembled on a budget.

Although back-to-back wins at preston and sheffield wednesday were impressive, a 0-0 draw at home to sheffield united saw further ground lost. It has been on home soil where ipswich continue to flag.

Just one win has come in the last seven games at portman road and they’ve scored just twice in 12 hours in front of a restless home crowd. A club in its 16th season in the second tier feels as though it is approaching a crossroads and that could mean the end for mick mccarthy, whose contract expires in june. Betting

This is one of those unusual games where the bookmakers cannot split the two teams. A number of firms, including bet365, skybet and ladbrokes, have priced up ipswich and hull city at 7/4 to win.Cole skuse blacktype make city the 2/1 outsiders, yet betway have decided town are the 9/5 underdogs. City have not drawn on their travels yet under nigel adkins, losing five and drawing one, but you can find 11/5 (paddy power) on these two teams sharing the spoils.

Another 2-2 draw, replicating the scoreline at the KCOM, is a juicy 16/1. City have won on each of their last three visits by a one-goal margin so the 7/2 (paddy power) on that happening again might have appeal. In the first scorer markets? Jackson irvine is 16/1 with william hill, while harry wilson is 10/1 (betfair).

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