Why Hull City’s fixtures mean they are in deep trouble

Hull City KC Stadium

The Tigers have to face five of the top seven and travel to one of the most in-form sides in the Premier League in their remaining games.

Hull City have been loitering above the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign and have only avoided dropping into the bottom three due to other sides’ struggles, rather than playing well themselves.

It has been a season of struggle for Steve Bruce, who faces his toughest task as Hull boss to keep them in the top flight for a third successive season.

The Tigers are two points above the relegation zone with seven games to go, with all of the teams around them picking up vital wins in recent weeks.

Luckily for Hull, they did manage to beat relegation rivals QPR and Aston Villa in back-to-back games in February but since then, they have been sucked back into the battle after five games without a win.

Their latest defeat at the hands of mid-table Swansea City proved just how much trouble they are in after putting up little fight in the 3-1 loss, with Bafetimbi Gomis running riot against a tame Tigers defence.

It does not get any easier for Hull in the closing weeks of the season.

They have won just six games all season but have drawn a hefty 10. These draws earlier in the season against teams around them may come back to haunt them because their fixture list for the last seven games does not make for good reading.

Hull still have to welcome Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United to the KC Stadium whilst they face trips to Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and in-form Crystal Palace.

The only game they should be winning on paper is the relegation six-pointer at home to Burnley, but they must cause an upset or two if they are to remain a Premier League club next season. It is a very tough ask.

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