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Stoke v Hull: Stoke face Hull in a battle to climb further away from relegation

By: Phillipa Hopwood 28 Mar 2014 15:45:18

Stoke v Hull: Stoke face Hull in a battle to climb further away from relegation

Both Hull and Stoke have done well to climb away from the relegation battle with Stoke now 12 points clear following a fantastic 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday and Hull City are not far behind them, eight points clear of the drop despite losing 2-1 to West Ham last weekend.

If Stoke win tomorrow they will reach the magical 40 point mark and almost guarantee themselves Premier League football for a seventh consecutive season, whilst a win for The Tigers could see them climb to 11th, four points off the 40 mark, with seven games remaining.

Team News

Stoke City could be without Erik Pieters after he injured himself at Aston Villa, the defender joins Robert Huth on the injured list and could be replaced by Marc Muniesa. Mark Hughes could welcome back Oussama Assaidi after injury and Charlie Adam following suspension.

Hull will be without goalkeeper Alan McGregor after he was sent off at West Ham as well as the kidney damage he sustained while picking up the red card. Steve Bruce will also be without Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, and Joe Dudgeon.

Stats

This fixture has only been played 11 times in total and only five times at the top level.

Stoke have won four of these 11 meeting with Hull winning two.

From 2006-2009 this fixture had four consecutive 1-1 draws.

This fixture has never had more than three goals scored in one game.

Prediction

Both teams have shown they have a solid defence this season and with the records of draws this fixture has produced, you have to feel they will cancel each other out.

Stoke City 1-1 Hull City


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