The next of our 23 previews of each opponent we'll face in the Championship in 2018-19 moves on to Hull City...
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017-18?
A disappointing start to Leonid Slutsky's first season in English football led to the Russian coach departing Humberside in December 2017 following just four wins in his 21 games. Experienced former Reading, Southampton and Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins was appointed, with the remit of keeping the club in the Championship and avoid two successive relegations. He oversaw nine wins from 29 games in all competitions and that was enough for survival. Their final four wins of the campaign saw City bang the goals in, sealing victories with scorelines of 4-3, 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0.
A BIT ABOUT THE BOSS
An experienced head at the helm, Nigel Adkins has already won promotion from the Championship in his managerial career during his time at Southampton. A goalkeeper in his playing days, Scouser Adkins spent his career at local club Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and then Bangor City. After a spell as player-manager for Bangor, Adkins completed a degree in Physiotherapy and linked up with the department at Scunthorpe United. Following a managerial departure, Adkins took caretaker charge of the Iron and impressed so much he was handed the job on a permanent basis. He took Scunny to the Championship via the League One play-offs before moving to Southampton and bringing Premier League football back to the Hampshire-based side. His time there was a success, but after Mauriccio Pochettino was appointed Saints boss, Adkins was relieved of his duties and took up the managerial position at Reading soon after. His time with the Royals didn't go as he hoped, spending under a year in Berkshire. After a spell out of the game, Sheffield United took him on as manager, but he departed after a year at Bramall Lane in May 2016. After 18 months away, Adkins made a return to football; being appointed Hull boss in December 2017.
WHAT'S THE GROUND LIKE?
Hull's home since 2002, the KCOM Stadium hosts Hull City and Hull FC (Rugby Union) and has a capacity of just over 25,000. Rovers supporters will be located in the North East corner of the stadium, which caters for 2,500+ fans.
THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED HORNS
A header by on loan Chelsea defender Ola Aina was the difference when Rovers hosted the Tigers in the FA Cup back in January 2018. Aina nodded home just before the hour to send Nigel Adkins' side into round four of the competition.
WHO'S PLAYED FOR BOTH?
Corry Evans arrived at Ewood Park in the summer of 2013 from Hull City, whilst another to make that same transfer was Tom Cairney, who spent time in the youth system with the Tigers. Josh King and Hope Akpan both spent loans at Hull prior to arriving at Ewood, whilst Rovers legend Mark Atkins appeared eight times on loan with the Tigers in 2001. Jonathan Walters is another to gave represented both, as is Cameron Stewart.
Singer Sinitta is believed to be a City fan, as is former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.