Can Hull defy the odds once again this weekend against Utd?
Last updated: August 26, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Despite serious managerial problems, transfer worries and a bucket list of injuries, Hull City have managed to secure two solid victories in the opening two weeks of the 2016-2017 Premier League season. The tigers were somewhat fortunate at home against the defending champions Leicester on the opening day, but last week against Swansea they looked dangerous on the counter attack and made the most of their few opportunities to continue their unlikely start to the new season. This week however they face an entirely different prospect; a new-look Manchester United who are keen to get back to winning ways after a few seasons on the wane.
Hull’s difficulties on and off the pitch this summer led many experts to predict that they would be this season’s whipping boys. The past two weekends have showed us that the Tigers are determined to prove the bookmakers wrong. Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande have been influential in both outings, and the team are showing the same kind of grit and determination we saw in last season’s underdogs Leicester.
Under their new manager José Mourinho, United look like a completely different outfit. They are far more organised and threatening in attack compared to the last few seasons under Louis van Gaal, and Zlatan Ibrahimović has made exactly the kind of impact we suspected he would at Old Trafford, scoring four times in his three outings for the club. Paul Pogba looked majestic against Sunderland, and we expect Mkhitaryan to feature more in this fixture. Hull’s efforts have been admirable up to now, however we feel as though this weekend will be one game too far for Mike Phelan’s men. We expect United to show their class and retain their undefeated record against Hull in the Premier League this weekend in what will surely be a cracker of a game at the KCOM Stadium.
If Ibrahimović manages to find the net this weekend his name will be added to the Manchester Utd record books once again. He will equal a 91-year-old record set by Jimmy Hanson in 1924, becoming the second player in the history of the club to score in each of their first four appearances.
Amidst the continuing fall out between Utd and Bastian Schweinsteiger, there have been rumours that he may be released for free after a statement made earlier this week where the world cup winner declared that he will never play for another European club.
Hull continued with their winning ways earlier this week with a convincing 3-1 victory against Exeter against in the EFL cup. They came from behind in the second half with Snodgrass and Diomande both finding the net bringing the Tigers win tally to three out of three in all competitions.
Adama Diomande appears to be in tip top shape and raring to go against Utd this weekend. The Norweigen forward has said he feels 100% fit and confident after his first full preseason with the club and is thrilled to be playing his football in the Premier League.
|Hull (4-4-2):||Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Snodgrass, Hernández, Diomande.|
|Subs||Kuciak, Maloney, Tymon, Bowen, Luer, Olley, Clackstone.|
|Injured:||Moses Odubajo, Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce|
|Manchester Utd. (4-4-2):||Dea Gea, A Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.|
|Subs||Dea Gea, A Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic, .|
So far this season
|Hull City this season||Man U this season|
|2 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (1)|
|2-0 vs. Swansea||Biggest win||2-0 vs Southampton|
|0||(at home) Draws (away)||0|
|0||(at home) Losses (away)||0|
|Diomande (3)||Top scorer||Ibrahimovic (4)|
|Shaun Maloney (2)||Assist Leader||Martial (2)|
|Y2, R0||Discipline||Y1, R0|
|0||Failures to score||0|
|1||Both Teams to Score Games||1|
|1||Over 2.5 Games||1|
|0||Under 2.5 Games||0|
- The Tigers have managed to score 4 goals in the first two rounds of the Premier League and have kept 1 clean sheet.
- Man Utd’s star signing Ibrahimovic has looked dangerous in front of goal, scoring 4 in his first 3 appearances.
- Hull are the second team in the history of the Premier League to be promoted and win the first two opening games in the top flight.
- The 2012-2013 champtions are currently sitting at second place in the League after the first two weeks and have conceded only once.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|05/24/2015||The Premier League||Hull 0 – 0 Man Utd.||—|
|11/29/2014||The Premier League||Man Utd. 3 – 0 Hull||Smalling 16′|
|05/06/2014||The Premier League||Man Utd. 3 – 1 Hull||Wilson 31′|
|12/26/2013||The Premier League||Hull 2 -3 Man Utd.||Chester 4′|
|1/23/2010||The Premier League||Man Utd. 4 – 0 Hull||Rooney 8′|
As previously mentioned, we feel as though the quality in the Utd squad – both on and off the bench – will be too much for Hull to deal with in this weekend’s fixture. However if you feel like backing the underdogs, Ladbrokes are currently offering a good odds price on the Tigers to continue their hot winning streak.