Match to be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: The KC Stadium, Hull.
Hull City take on a buoyant Sunderland side that will be looking to kick start their season after a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Newcastle United.
Hull have surprised many people with the way their side has performed this season and with the East Yorkshire side currently sitting mid-table they hope not to get dragged into a relegation battle. Hull have kept their games tight this season and have only conceded 10 goals in 9 games, which for a newly promoted side is very impressive. I expect them to take a similar standpoint in their game against Sunderland, who despite their poor start to the season will have undoubtedly received a boost of confidence from their game against Newcastle.
Hull were handed a tough fixture list at the start of the week with two tough trips to London in 5 days. On Saturday their tight and controversial loss to Spurs would have given them a huge boost of confidence despite all their injuries, and on Wednesday night they made another valiant effort only to lose out on penalties.
Hull have had a torrid time with injuries recently and a game of this importance couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Tigers. The number of injuries and the amount of intense game time gives Steve Bruce a selection headache for all the wrong reasons.
Hull City XI
I fancy 5 changes to the hull side that valiantly drew with Tottenham midweek, with Harper, McClean, Livermore, Huddlestone and Figueroa coming in for Jakupovic, Graham, Koran, Quinn and Bruce.
Aaron McClean offered a bright spark when he came on for Hull coming close to scoring on two occasions, but couldn’t get the better of veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The performance wouldn’t have gone unnoticed, as he looked like he could be promising for a Hull City side lacking goals up top, but he will need to fend off Yannick Sagbo for the nod.
Alex Bruce went off mid-way through the first half and was replaced by German born striker Nick Proschwitz in an attempt to attack the North London club, despite that, I expect the former Wigan defender Manyor Figueroa to take-up his usual duty in the Hull City back 4 as Hull look to defend their respected defensive record this term.
Former Tottenham duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are also returning into the fray, and I fancy them to displace Stephen Quinn and Robert Koran from the Hull City starting 11. I expect David Meyler and George Boyd look set to keep their place in the starting 11 due to their impressive form against Spurs in the Capital One Cup.
Who do you think will make the starting line-up?
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