To be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 15:00 at the KC Stadium
Hull City 11/10, Draw 12/5, Sunderland 29/10
Hull City and Sunderland meet at the KC Stadium as both sides look for a vital three points in the fight for survival.
Sunderland will be looking to build on last weeks derby win against Newcastle. New manager Gus Poyet will be hoping his side have turned a corner and now are looking forward to building their points up.
Hull City, on the other hand, will be looking to get back to winning ways after two consecutive losses in the league. Last Sunday they felt aggrieved at a late penalty decision that went against them, on the day they were more than deserving of a point.
Steve Bruce will have to ensure that this doesn’t trigger a run of bad results for the club.
Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady will undergo late fitness test to determine whether or not they can play any part in the game.
Meanwhile Sunderland are only waiting on the fitness of defender Wes Brown. He has been out with a leg injury but is expected to make the squad for the trip down to Hull.
Hull City’s home record: Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 0, Goals For 3, Goals Against 1
Sunderland’s away record: Played 4, Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 3, Goals For 2, Goals Against 11
Hull City had 34% of the possession in their last match. A 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
Sunderland had 48% of the possession in their last match. A 2-1 win at home to Newcastle.
Hull City’s last six games: 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses
Sunderland’s last six games: 1 win, 1 draw, 4 losses
Five players to watch:
Hull’s top scorer will have to be on top of his game on Sunday if the Tigers are to take anything from the match. He will expect chances to present themselves to him so he will have to be on top of his game to finish them.
Since joining Hull from Birmingham in the summer Davies has had a string of solid performances. On Wednesday night he should have scored an equaliser for Hull but miscued his shot badly only for it to trickle into the net. He should be a danger from set pieces against a shaky Sunderland defence.
Borini scored his first goal for Sunderland last Sunday and it was the winner against the Black Cats fierce rivals Newcastle. He should be involved again and he will want to keep his scoring touch going for the foreseeable future. He could be a key player in this game and for the rest of the season.
Johnson has had an up and down time with Sunderland. He has had excellent performances along with those that don’t really have any impact. He will need to be more consistent if he wants to help Sunderland out of the mess that they find themselves in.
The Premier League veteran could be in line for a prolonged run in the first team after it was announced that number one goalie Allan McGregor will be out of action for at least a month with a thigh injury. He left Newcastle last season and will hope this is his chance to hold down a starting spot in the Premier League.
Last time they met: N/A
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