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Can Hull strengthen survival push with a win away to Stoke City?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Apr 2017

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Marco Silva has made a very good start to his Hull career and will be hoping to keep the Tigers in the top-flight

Hull City travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that could see them in with a chance of survival given the woeful form of the hosts.

Stoke have been in bad shape in recent weeks and have been vulnerable on home soil too which could see the in-form Tigers capitalise to put some daylight between them and the relegation zone.

Stoke’s poor form gives Hull a chance

Stoke City are currently four places and six points better off then Hull City in the Premier League table this season, but the Potters are in much worse form. Mark Hughes’ men have lost their last four games ahead of Saturday’s clash, and on home soil Stoke have lost their previous two outings. In fact, 13 other sides have a better home record than the Potters this season. Stoke did beat Hull in the reverse fixture back in October, but have lost to Hull in the League Cup in September.

Goals have been hard to come by for Stoke of late, scoring just twice in their last five games. City have netted one or less times in 10 of their last 11 Premier League outings so Hull may fancy their chances of nullifying the Potters. Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Stoke have won just two games since January, losing six times in the last two months alone. Hull are the side in the best shape and could well avoid defeat as a result.

Tigers have been beating sides around them

Hull City, currently two points clear of the relegation zone, have won three of their last five games in the Premier League, beating sides directly around them in the table. Four of the Tigers’ last five defeats have come against Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal, and Chelsea so it’s misleading to look plainly at the losses. Hull have issues at the back but Stoke’s woes in attack could see them more resilient on Saturday.

And having beaten Stoke at the Bet 365 once this season will give the squad confidence of a repeat. Hull have everything to play for given their survival rests on the results of their final six games, but Stoke have little other than pride at risk. The Potters are all but safe in the division and still don’t know their best team to put out this weekend. Hull City are 10/3 to win against Stoke City in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash.

Can the Tigers deliver?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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