Hull vs Watford by Luke
Hull City couldn't do much more in their defeat last Saturday evening, as the team visited Stoke City and suffered 3:1 loss, which was their second consecutive in Premiership, both on the road, previous time away to Manchester City.
Overall, it wasn't that interesting match, but needs to be said that the players of Hull had more of the ball possession, but the home side was the one that was simply way more concrete in attack and deserved victory thanks to that. Arnautovic brought them into the lead in sixth minute already and even though Maguire temporarily leveled up, Crouch and Shaqiri brought three points to the home team in last twenty five minutes of the game. These defeats came after two consecutive home victories, over Middlesbrough and West Ham, as the side plays much better in front of own fans and that's why they base their optimism for today's clash. They are just two points above relegating placed Swansea and need a three pointer desperately here.
Hull should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Niasse as central striker plus Clucas as offensive midfielder in center. Forward Greg Luer and defender Brian Lenihan remain long term absentees, while injured are also right back Omar Elabdellaoui (7/0), midfielders David Meyler (20/1), Ryan Mason (16/1) and forward Will Keane (5/0).
Watford, on the other side, comes from a narrow home victory over Swansea last Saturday evening with a 1:0 result. Only goal was scored back in 42nd minute via Capoue and could be said that it was deserved, since the hosts did much more in the first halftime.
Second halftime was different, since the players of Watford got satisfied with the result and stood behind the ball, leaving it to the Swans, who didn't manage to create good enough chances in order to equalize. It was third consecutive victory for them in front of own fans, as Watford now secured the Premiership status for next season, being at tenth position with twelve points more than relegating Swansea.
Visitors will probably be lined up in 4-3-3 formation with Amrabat and Niang on the wings, plus Deeney as central striker. Central defender Younes Kaboul (22/2) is injured, same as midfielders Ben Watson (4/0), Roberto Pereyra (13/2) and forward Mauro Zarate (3/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Hull's last 7 games (Premier League).
- Hull have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (Premier League).
- Watford have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 away matches (Premier League).
Hull are now just one place above from the bottom three and need a three pointer badly here. Watford comes from a narrow victory and kept their position at the upper part of the table, having now no pressure since they already secured Premiership status for next season. They are doing generally pretty poor away from home and combined with a competitive motive which is completely with the home side, I see the Tigers prevailing here easy or hard.