A Crucial Bottom of the Table Battle as Hull Host Stoke
Last updated: October 20, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Competition:||The Premier League|
This weekend sees an important meeting between two clubs at the wrong end of the table as Hull City host Stoke City at the KCOM. The league positions are likely to be deceiving when assessing the outcome of this encounter. Hull are currently sitting above Stoke by a few places, but it’s Stoke that have the better form coming into the match, as Hull have turned into the League’s whipping boys over the last 6 weeks. Hull have beaten
All season long Hull have scraped through with the bare bones of a squad. Injuries and suspensions have made things even harder. Despite this, they started well with 2 wins in their first 2 matches. Since then though, things have taken a turn for the worse. They’ve taken just 1 point from their last 6 matches, while conceeding 4 or more goals in 3 of those 6, including last week’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth. Things seem to be getting worse rather than better then and with 1 goal out of their last 3 home matches, and 4 defeats in a row, things don’t look great for Hull here.
Stoke on the other hand have begun to turn things around. After a terrible start to the season they are now unbeaten in 3, with their first win coming last week against Sunderland. They will be looking to continue this upward trajectory with a win here. Surprinsingly, the goals have mostly come from holding midfielder Joe Allen. New signing Wilfred Bony is still without a goal in a Stoke shirt after 5 appeareances. His chance could well come against a struggling Hull defence who have conceeded a huge 17 goals in their last 4 matches.
The injury list grows ever bigger for Hull after Robertson is the latest defender to sustain an injury. Huddlestone could be forced to fill in at the back as Hull are desperately short of defenders.
Phil Bardsley picked up a knock in last week’s win against Sunderland but should recover in time to at least make the substitutes bench. Stoke are also a little short in defence too with Glenn Johnson still sidelined through injury.
New signing Ryan Mason should start again for the Tigers. His experience, along with the goals of Robert Snodgrass will be vital if Hull are to take anything from this match.
First choice keeper Jack Butland is still out with an injury so Lee Grant is set to continue his stint in goal. He has performed well so far and kept the team’s first clean sheet of the season last week.
|Hull City (4-2-3-1):||Marshall, Elmohamady, Maguire, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Clucas, Mason, Snodgrass, Maloney, Keane|
|Subs:||Meyler, Clackstone, Hernández, Jakupovic, Weir, Diomande, Henriksen|
|Injured:||McGregor, Robertson, Lenihan, Dawson, Odubajo, Bruce, Mbokani. Luer|
|Stoke City (4-2-3-1):||Grant, Muniesa, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic, Bony|
|Subs:||Bardsley, Adam, Diouf, Walters, Given, Crouch, Bojan|
|Injured:||Butland, Johnson, Ireland, Afellay|
So far this season
|Hull this season||Stoke this season|
|1 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||1 (0)|
|2-0 vs. Swansea||Biggest win||2-0 vs. Sunderland|
|0 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (2)|
|1-6 vs. Bournemouth||Biggest Defeat||1-4 vs. Man City||Robert Snodgrass (3)||Top scorer||Joe Allen (4)|
|Abel Hernández (1)||Assist Leader||Marko Arnautovic (1)|
|Y11, R2||Discipline||Y17, R0|
|2||Failures to score||2|
|5||Both Teams to Score Games||5|
|4||Over 2.5 Games||3|
|4||Under 2.5 Games||5|
- After a surprisingly strong start to the season, Hull have faltered and are without a win in their last 6 Premiership games. They have won just 1 of their home matches so far this term.
- Stoke’s terrible start to the season has started to show signs of improvement. They have also failed to score just twice and will be expecting to score against a Hull side with just 1 clean sheet to their name.
- They do usually manage to score at least. They’ve failed to score just twice out of 8 games, although somewhat surprisingly, both of these occasions have been at home, albeit against tough opposition in the form of Manchester United and Chelsea.
- Stoke also have achieved just 1 clean sheet so far. But this was in their previous match against Sunderland, which means they are the form team coming into this match. They will be confident of adding to this tally against a Hull team with just a single home win this season.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|21/09/2016||EFL Cup||Stoke 1 – 2 Hull||Arnautovic 24′|
|28/02/2015||Premier League||Stoke 1 – 0 Hull||Crouch 71′|
|24/08/2014||Premier League||Hull 1 – 1 Stoke||Jelavic 42′|
|29/03/2014||Premier League||Stoke 1 – 0 Hull||Odemwingie 62′|
|14/12/2013||Premier League||Hull 0 – 0 Stoke||—|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Hull are really struggling at the moment and finding goals hard to come by. Stoke seem to have refound the form that resulted in a strong mid table finish last season and will surely prove too much for Hull to handle, with Hull losing 4 on the bounce. There’s a good chance of a clean sheet too. You can get Stoke to win at around 11/8 or if you fancy trying for longer odds, Stoke to win to nil is around 3/1. You can get these great prices and more at BetVictor.