Hull and Spurs clash in the late kick-off on Sunday with both teams desperate to gain any sort of win to stop a bleak run of form. Better starts were expected for both outfits but limbering in the bottom half of the table is not an ideal situation for Steve Bruce and Mauricio Pochettino. A victory for either team will be crucial in possibly creating a run of form going into the busy festive period.
Hull have only won twice in their eleven games so far and need to gain some results very quickly or they will be sucked into the relegation battle, similar to that of last year where they survived by only four points. Sitting in 15th, the Tigers last win came six weeks ago at home to Crystal Palace and will want a similar performance to give the fans a lift in front of their supporters.
Talking of supporters, Spurs were actually booed off by their own fans after the 2-1 loss at home to Stoke in their last game. Tottenham have now dropped to 12th and have only won four times in their eleven games this season, far from what is expected for a team looking to challenge the top four. Having only won twice in their last nine, Spurs will take some comfort from their last result on the road, which was a 2-1 win against Villa and will look for a dogged display to grab a victory on Sunday.
Hull hope to welcome back defensive duo Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson on Sunday after they recovered from their respective injuries. Nikica Jelavic is also back in contention after a knee injury whilst Alan McGregor is available again after a dislocated shoulder injury but Steve Harper is again likely to keep his place in goal. Alex Bruce, however, is still not ready to make his comeback as is Robert Snodgrass who is a long term absentee with a dislocated knee cap.
Having being sent off in the defeat to Stoke, Kyle Naughton will be suspended for the game. Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon could be available for the game however but Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Walker are still out injured.
Hull: Harper – Chester, Dawson, Davies – Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Diame, Livermore, Brady – Ben Arfa, Hernandez
Spurs: Lloris – Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose – Capoue, Mason – Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli – Kane
- Tottenham have made their worst start to a Premier League season since 2008/09.
- Hull have won none of the last five Premier League games against Tottenham (W0 D2 L3).
- Tottenham have earned the most red cards since the start of the calendar year with six.
- Only Hull City (5) have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season than Tottenham (4).
- Spurs have conceded the most penalties this season with five given against them.
Recent Head to Heads
2013/2014 Sat 01 Feb Hull City 1 – 1 Tottenham Premier League
2013/2014 Sun 27 Oct Tottenham 1 – 0 Hull City Premier League
2009/2010 Sat 16 Jan Tottenham 0 – 0 Hull City Premier League
2009/2010 Wed 19 Aug Hull City 1 – 5 Tottenham Premier League
2008/2009 Mon 23 Feb Hull City 1 – 2 Tottenham Premier League
2008/2009 Sun 05 Oct Tottenham 0 – 1 Hull City Premier League
Hull: Mohamed Diame
After joining Hull on the last day of the summer transfer window from West Ham, Mohamed Diame proved to be a smart buy for the team, getting off to a flying start with four goals in his first five games with Hull getting at least a point in every game he has scored in, showing just how influential he is to the team. Diame is not really known for scoring goals though as there is a lot of other qualities he possesses that make him a good midfielder. One of those abilities is that he can burst past a player with his physical and dribbling attributes; 13 of his 30 attempted dribbles have been successful. Also he has shown that he is not wasteful with his passes with a passing accuracy of 86% from 262 passes showing that his distribution is very good. Not only has he influence the attack since joining Hull he has also helped the defence with 15 interceptions made so far.
Tottenham: Nacer Chadli
In what has been a poor start to the season for Tottenham, there have been few positives to take from it, one of those being the form of Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli who is their top scorer so far in the League this season with six goals. He has proven that he is quite a clinical player who pops up with goals when needed with a 35.3% conversion rate and a 47% shot accuracy from 19 shots showing that he does not waste many chances he has at goal. As Chadli is mainly attack minded he must also create chances for other team mates, which he has done well with 15 chances created and an assist to his name as well. Just like Diame, Chadli has a passing accuracy of 86% from 312 passes showing that goal scoring is not all he has to his game. If Chadli continues to play well he may help get the spirit of the rest of the team back up.
Both teams will have a point to prove going into the game but I feel it they will end up cancelling each other as the main thing will be not to lose the game.
My Prediction – Hull City 1-1 Tottenham
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