Hull City's week of destiny as Tigers face three cup finals in bid to reach Championship play-offs

Hull City's players have four more games to seal a play-off place
Hull City's players have four more games to seal a play-off place -Credit:Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

By the time the full-time whistle goes shortly before 10pm on Saturday week, Hull City may well know the shape of their destiny in what has been an impressive season in the Championship.

Having gone from a team threatened by relegation to one that has spent the whole season in and around the Championship's top six, City are on the cusp of achieving something special and over the course of the next week, Liam Rosenior's side will play three of their remaining four matches and the results in those games will shape their future.

First up, the Tigers make the long journey south to face a Watford side at Vicarage Road looking to earn an 11th away win of a hugely fruitful campaign on their travels, before the much talked about game in hand comes at Coventry City on Wednesday evening followed by the visit of Ipswich Town, themselves firmly in with a chance of avoiding the drama of the play-offs and going up automatically.

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To achieve what everybody associated with City feels they can do, Rosenior's side realistically need to win all four remaining games and hope that Norwich drop points at home to Bristol City this weekend, and West Brom lose at leaders Leicester City. While they have to hope for snookers from elsewhere, the first port of call is to take care of their own business.

What the Canaries and Baggies do is a moot point if City lose to a rejuvenated Watford side under Tom Cleverley, but one that boasts one of the least impressive home records in the league with just five wins.

Rosenior has said for a period of time that he felt his players would peak in April, and since the no-show against Stoke, he's been proved largely correct. His side were terrific at Leeds despite losing, they won convincingly in Cardiff, played well against Boro in the 2-2 draw and then saw off QPR with a classy, dominant showing.

His front four have scored seven of the team's eight goals in those three games and that level of form simply has to continue in the next three games if the Tigers are to stand a chance of forcing their way in. The quality is there, the drive is there and so is the determination, but now, they have to produce again.

Coventry will still feel they're in the play-off race sitting two points behind the Tigers but that task was made all the more challenging after their 3-0 loss at struggling Birmingham City last weekend, and with an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Sunday to focus on, it's difficult to assess what shape they'll be in come Wednesday night. Rosenior's side will be fresher, of that, there is no doubt.

Then come the Tractor Boys in front of the television cameras in the 8pm slot next Saturday evening. Given Coventry's FA Cup exploits, that is Town's next fixture and it will have huge implications on the top of the table, but City, too. Against the top sides at home, Rosenior's side have been very good. Their only defeat coming late on against Southampton way back before the turn of the year, and in truth, that should never have happened. They've gone toe-to-toe with Leeds, Leicester and West Brom.

How the landscape looks by the time kick-off comes next Saturday remains to be seen, but what we do know is that the next week will almost certainly determine what's next for the Tigers, and it's a week to relish for both players and supporters.