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Team news and predictions ahead of season opener against Hull City

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The wait is finally almost over, the 2019/20 football season is about to get underway as Swansea City kick-off at home on Saturday as they welcome Hull City to the Liberty Stadium.

Both teams go into the game with a new manager following Graham Potter’s move to Brighton and Nigel Atkins’ departure from the Tigers. Grant McCann signed a one-year rolling contract with Hull after taking Doncaster Rovers to the League One Play-Off semi-final in May, losing against Charlton Athletic.

After being a counter-attacking side under former boss Nigel Atkins, McCann will look to get his new side playing a more attractive, passing style, similar to the one he implemented at Doncaster. No longer sitting deep and looking to release Bowen and Grosicki down the flanks on the break, you’d expect Hull to push further forward, committing their full-backs in attack and getting Bowen especially into better goalscoring positions in the half-spaces. Tom Eaves scored 23 goals in 41 League One appearances for Gillingham last year and joined Hull on a free transfer. He’ll also Joe Rodon and Mike van der Hoorn plenty to think about. He’s tall, standing at 6ft 5 and will obviously be an aerial threat and we’ll have to hope we can hope at set-pieces.

Talking about the game, Hull boss Grant McCann said:

“Yes, I know my team. Everyone is looking good. It’s been a really good pre-season. There have been bits where we’ve been really good and there have been bits where we can improve. It’s going to be like that for the first few weeks but we’re quite confident in the changing room that we can give Swansea a good game.”

“He’s [Tom Eaves] trained from Tuesday onwards with the group. Tom is good to go.”

Talking of injuries, he added:

“David Milinkovic won’t be available. He’s had an injection in his ankle, hence why we wasn’t involved at Doncaster. It’s a tricky one. It’s not straightforward. We’re hoping this injection will help him but if it doesn’t there’s a chance he’ll need an operation. If it gets to that you’re looking at months.”

For the Swans, Steve Cooper will have decisions to make on whether or not he gives new loan goalkeeper signing Freddie Woodman his debut ahead of Nordfeldt and Mulder. Connor Roberts and Kyle Naughton compete for the right-back spot while Rodon and van der Hoorn are surely certs to start in the middle of the defence.

In midfield, Grimes captains the side with Byers, Fulton and new Summer signing Ben Wilmot competing for a spot alongside him. You would expect Dyer to start on the right flank and Kristoffer Peterson is in contention to be included in the matchday squad.

With Oli McBurnie joining Sheffield United, Borja Baston is tipped for a very rare start with Celina in support.

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