Hull City vs Sunderland by Luke
Hull City did what was needed last weekend, as the team walked away with a point away to Southampton on Saturday evening, in a goalless draw and quite a passive game overall. That were their tactics exactly, since they knew that they will be playing against individually better side.
Players of Southampton had a bit more of the ball possession and chances created, but weren't as concrete as they should in order to claim a three pointer, however they had a golden chance during the additional time but Tadic missed a penalty shot. After this point taken, Hull remains just above the relegation zone with two points more than Swansea and this surely is their must win game now.
Hull should be playing in some version of 4-2-3-1 formation, using Niasse as central striker, plus Grosicki, Evandro and Markovic most likely as offensive midfielders. Few changes are expected, as the team continues to miss next players: right back Omar Elabdellaoui (7/0), defensive midfielder Ryan Mason (16/1), midfielder David Meyler (20/1) and forward Will Keane (5/0) plus couple of more unfit who anyway didn't play so far.
Sunderland, on the other side, is already relegated side and as such, the team stands without competitive motive and so that's reflected on their results. The team comes from a narrow 1:0 defeat in front of own fans against Bournemouth last Saturday evening.
The game itself was actually a bit more interesting than what the final result says, since both sides played quite attacking, but still with the visiting side having more of the ball possession and more concrete chances created - scoring the only goal in last minutes of the game via King (88th minute). Sunderland remains last at the table, having seven points less than second from the bottom Middlesbrough and eleven less than third from the bottom Swansea with four matches till the end.
Visitors are set to play in 4-3-3 formation, with Borini, Defoe and Anichebe as forwards. Sebastian Larsson has served his three matches suspension and will probably be in the starting lineup. Left back Bryan Oviedo (8/0), defensive midfielder Jan Kirchhoff (7/0), midfielder Paddy McNair (9/0) and offensive midfielder Duncan Watmore (14/0) are injured. Few more players are heavily doubtful for this one, making kind a headache for David Moyes this time.
- Sunderland have failed to score in 9 of their last 10 matches (Premier League).
- Hull have won 6 of their last 7 home matches (Premier League).
Hull City needs a victory here in order to keep the distance safe in the relegation battle and this game is surely their easiest one in last three rounds of Premier League. I expect the home team to prevail here with ease, surely having much more of individual quality, while the competitive motive is completely on their side.