Episode one of this season’s Humber derby double bill comes just four days after one of the most humiliating defeats in Tigers history. But whereas our form looks suspect, the Scunts recent showings have been ominously good, the highlight being a 6-0 raping of Mansfield last week. City’s assault upon the Legolanders will be boosted by the return of Justin Whittle. He has been out of action since October, but is finally fit to stake a claim to a place in the defence. However, with Brightwell, Perry and Goodison looking solid, he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Theodore Whitmore’s availability is still uncertain. He looked well off the pace on Tuesday, and will probably undergo a late fitness test to determine whether his groin injury has cleared up. Clint Marcelle is doubtful, meaning David Brown will likely be partnered up front by John Eyre, who can expect plenty of stick from the yellowbellies. As for the Scunts, their platethrowing, pantwetting boss Brian Laws is expected to name an unchanged XI to one that hit the Stags for six, they have no injury worries.