Hull City got their EFL Championship campaign off to a positive start after winning 2-1 at home against Bristol City. Andreas Weimann put the Robins ahead in the 30th minute before Ozan Tufan and Jean Michael Seri netted for the Tigers in the 71st minute and in stoppage time, respectively, to win the game for the hosts.

Hull City lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Matt Ingram in goal, a back three of Alfie Jones, Tobias Figueiredo and Jacob Greaves, a midfield four of Lewie Coyle, Jean Michael Seri, Regan Slater and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh; Ozan Tufan in the hole between midfield and attack and a front two of Tyler Smith and Oscar Estupinan. Bristol City too lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Daniel Bentley in goal. Zak Vyner, Kal Naismith and Robert Atkinson made up the back three. The midfield quartet consisted of Mark Sykes, Joe Williams, Matty James and Jay Dasilva. Alex Scott occupied the spot between midfield and attack. Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin were the two mean upfront.

Hull City had more possession of the ball at 55%. They also had more shot attempts (14) than Bristol City (10), though both teams shot four each on target. Hull City also had a higher pass accuracy (83%) than the visitors (80%). However, The Tigers committed 11 fouls to the Robins’ five. Hull had more corner kicks in this game; Bristol were caught offside on four occasions. Hull City had two big chances in this game, of which they missed one. This shows that they should have scored at least one. The Tigers hit the woodwork once and had one counterattack from which they generated a shot. While Bristol City had less possession, they still shot from inside the box more often than the hosts. Three of their attempts were saved by Matt Ingram, the Hull keeper. Hull City had a higher pass accuracy in this match at 83% compared to Bristol’s 80%.

Bristol City completed twice as many dribbles as Hull City and they did so at a higher success rate. They also lost possession fewer times i.e., less turnovers than the hosts. The Robins won more duels in this match, though the number of aerial duels won by both sides was 20 each. Hull had 20 tackles and clearances each, compared to Bristol’s 15 and 16, respectively, but the visitors made more than twice the number of interceptions (11) as the hosts did (five).

Having won the first game of the season, Hull City will look to carry the momentum into their next fixture, which is away at Preston North End on Saturday 6th August. Meanwhile, Bristol City will look to bounce back from this defeat when they host Sunderland, which is also on 6th August.

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