Hull City vs Swansea by Luke
Hull City didn't answer in a proper way last weekend as the team suffered 3:1 defeat to freshly in-form Leicester City away from home. However, must be said that the Tigers had the lead thanks to a goal from Clucas in fourteenth minute, but the domination of the home team was soon obvious as they leveled up the result in 27th via Fuchs.
Ball possession was quite shared in the repetition, but the home side answered much better and were way more concrete, sealing the victory with a goal from Mahrez in 58th and an own goal towards the end of the game. This was third game without victory for Hull, as they previously took a point against Burnley but also lost to Arsenal on the road. The side is now second from the bottom with just four points less than safely placed Crystal Palace.
Midfielder Evandro is doubtful and his participation will be decided before the match. Home team has several players out for this one, including: central defenders Michael Dawson (15/3) and Curtis Davis (22/0), defensive midfielder Ryan Mason (14/1), central midfielder Markus Henriksen (11/0) as well as forwards Dieumerci Mbokani (10/0), Will Keane (5/0), plus couple of more that didn't play this season at all. Hull City is set to play in 4-3-3 formation, using Grosicki ad Markovic as wingers, plus Niasse as central striker.
Swansea, on the other side, managed to take all three points last weekend as the team welcomed Burnley and pulled out a victory in one of more interesting matches in a 3:2 game. Visiting side had their own chances and even had the 2:1 lead till last 25 minutes of the match, but there's no doubt that the home team fully deserved all three points.
They took the lead first in 12th minute via Llorente, but the guests replied via Gray from a penalty kick in 20th minute. Same player surprisingly brought the visitors into the lead in 61st minute, but the hosts then dominated a lot and earned their victory fully, thanks to goals from Olsson in 69th and Llorente again, in second minute of additional time. It was third consecutive victory for the home team no, as the Swans continue to be just above the relegation zone with five points more than first relegated side.
Offensive midfielder Nathan Dyer (8/0) is injured, while doubtful with some injury problems remain midfielders Jefferson Montero (11/0), Ki Sung-Yeung (15/0) and right full back Kyle Naughton (22/0). Visitors are set to play also in quite offensive 4-3-3 formation with Narsingh, Sigurdsson and Llorente as forwards.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 14 of Swansea's last 15 games (Premier League).
Hull is far away from their good form, but the side needs to respond here, especially since they are awaiting one of the poorest travelers this season. Home team remains in a must win situation in order to have some chances in the relegation battle and I'm sure that they'll try to attack, but I see the Swans also being very agile upfront here.