Big weekend for loan stars

by Ashley Houghton

Black Cats loanees ready for action.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s Hull City will be looking to bounce back from their home defeat to promotion rivals Watford in midweek as the Tigers look to secure automatic promotion from the Championship.

Steve Bruce’s side host Middlesbrough knowing if they fail to win they could drop out of the automatic promotion spots.

Elsewhere, Ji Dong-Won’s Augsburg face a tough test in their bid for survival in the German Bundesliga as they travel to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

 Ji’s side could close the gap on Fortuna Dusseldorf to just two points if they pull off a surprise victory in Dortmund.

Meanwhile, Adam Reed’s York City face a crucial relegation six-pointer with Accrington Stanley in League Two.

The Minstermen are unbeaten since Reed joined up with them and are still yet to concede in his time with the club.

A win for Nigel Worthington’s side would move them out of the relegation zone in place of Stanley who are currently two points ahead of York in 20th place.

In Non-League, Jordan Pickford’s Alfreton have been dragged back into a relegation battle of their own and they host survival rivals Stockport County on Saturday.

The Reds are currently five points above the relegation zone but defeat on Saturday would move them within two points of the drop.

Billy Knott’s Woking host FA Trophy winners Wrexham in the same division; Woking currently sit comfortably in mid-table whilst Wrexham are looking to make a late push into the title race with Kidderminster and Mansfield.