Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hull City to take a step to Premier League safety against relegated Sunderland this weekend

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 3 May 2017


Hull boss Marco Silva must be considered a contender for Manager of the Year if the Tigers survive the drop this season

Hull City welcome Sunderland to the KCOM Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that would see the Tigers go five points clear of the relegation zone with a win.

City in fine form and seldom lose on home soil, and a Sunderland side whose relegation has been confirmed are likely to put up much of a fight to get a result.

Marco Silva has led Hull to a shock turnaround in fortunes

Hull City were rock bottom of the Premier League table with 13 points from 20 games at the time Marco Silva was appointed manager. The Tigers boss had won just three games and conceded 44 goals, keeping just one clean sheet for their troubles. Since Silva’s arrival, City have picked up 21 points from the 15 games that followed, and only Tottenham Hotspur (11), Chelsea (10), Everton (8), Liverpool (7) and Crystal Palace (7) have managed more wins than Hull (6) in this time.

As things stand, City are currently 17th in the Premier League with 66 points from 34 games this season, coming off the back of three wins and one draw from their last six games, picking up more points than Arsenal since Silva arrived. At home, Hull have been formidable with their last defeat at the KCOM Stadium coming in December 2016. Manchester City are the only away side to beat Hull since October. And the form of Sunderland ahead of this weekend’s clash should see Hull go clear of the bottom-three and closer to safety.

Sunderland stand little chance of a result

Sunderland are rock bottom of the Premier League table with a paltry 21 points from 34 games, having lost five of their last half a dozen outings. The Black Cats are relegated this season and have one of the worst away records – 16 games, 13 defeats, scoring 10 goals. Hull lost 3-0 to Sunderland in the reverse fixture in November, but this weekend could see the Tigers getting their revenge.

City don’t lose at home, Sunderland don’t win away. City are fighting for survival. Sunderland are already down. Swansea City occupy the final place in the bottom-three and can still realistically catch Hull. They play in the evening kick-off, meaning they could have a five-point deficit to overhaul City with three games remaining before they face Everton. Hull City 4/9 to win against Sunderland in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash, potentially taking a big step to safety in the process.


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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