Hull City will be aiming to avoid a potential slip-up on Tuesday evening when they face Championship outfit Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
The Tigers, who are third from bottom in the Premier League standings after 13 games, have not won in their last three meetings with the Magpies. Added to that, Hull suffered a 2-0 defeat at St James' Park in 1997/98 – their only previous clash in the English Football League Cup.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will be looking to return to the winning trail after seeing their 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.
Reflecting on what has been an encouraging cup run in the midst of a torrid run of Premier League form, Hull boss Mike Phelan said: "We have progressed in this cup and now we get to this stage it is important we maintain momentum," he said.
"If we get through this one there are two more games to be added to your calendar, when they come in January, after a busy Christmas.
"But all the players are looking forward to it. If you are in a cup competition and get that far, then you want to go as far as you possibly can."
In team news, Hull will be without the services of Ryan Mason (illness), while Sam Clucas misses out through suspension.
Newcastle have received a welcome boost, with Grant Hanley (shin) and Jack Colback (eye) back in contention following injury.
However, Jesus Gamez is facing around six weeks on the treatment table after sustaining a broken collarbone during the loss to Blackburn.