Last season’s leading scorer Mallik Wilks starts for Hull City in this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship season opener against Preston North End at Deepdale, while summer signing George Moncur is also in Grant McCann’s starting eleven.
With Callum Elder not fit enough to make the opening day, Lewie Coyle and Josh Emmanuel fill the full-back slots, while it’s an attacking line-up that features Keane Lewis-Potter and Josh Magennis alongside Wilks.
Preston North End: Declan Rudd, Greg Cunningham, Ben Whiteman, Liam Lindsay, Alan Browne, Ched Evans, Jordan Storey, Andrew Hughes, Ryan Ledson, Emil Riis, Tom Barkhuizen.
Subs: Daniel Iversen, Sepp Van Den Berg, Patrick Bauer, Daniel Johnson, Joe Rodwell-Grant, Jamie Thomas, Brad Potts.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Josh Emmanuel, Alfie Jones, Jacob Greaves, Lewie Coyle; Richie Smallwood ©, Greg Docherty, George Moncur; Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs: Nathan Baxter, Tom Eaves, Andy Cannon, James Scott, Matt Smith, Brandon Fleming, Di’Shon Bernard.
Referee: Mr G. Ward.