Tonight will see Hull City enter a competitive European match for the first time in their history, as they face FK AS Trenčín in the first leg of the Europa League Third qualifying-round.
Victory over the two legs will see the Tigers advance to the play-off round in the competition, before they eventually (potentially) play in the competition’s group stages.
Steve Bruce’s side qualified after making it to the FA Cup final last season where despite taking a 2 goal lead, eventually lost to Arsenal. The Gunners had already booked themselves a place in this season’s Champions League after finishing fourth, which meant the Tigers were handed down the Europa League place accordingly.
Trenčín are playing in the competition after finishing second in the Slovak Super Liga last season. They have already knocked FK Vojvodina out in the second qualifying round, defeating them 4-3 on aggregate. They were 4-0 up on aggregate going into the second leg and did everything they could to lose their place in the competition, but held on in the end to secure an attractive tie against the Premier League’s Tigers.
Hull City Team news:
Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass look in line to make their first team debuts whilst new signings Harry Maguire and Andy Robertson are ineligible for the match. Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies and David Meyler have all travelled despite there being worries about their fitness for the fixture.
Steve Bruce was quoted saying:
That is the carrot for us, in terms of why we need to make sure we get through both qualifying rounds if at all possible.
That is what I will tell the players,
he told the Hull Daily Mail.
This tie is a step into the unknown in a lot of ways, we will just have to wait and see.