The Opposition: Hull City

Hull Stoke

Steve Bruce gained promotion to the Premier League for the fourth time in his managerial career when Hull won the play-off final last month.

Mo Diame’s strike was certainly top flight quality and Hull’s return at the first time of asking was impressive, if not spectacular, over the course of the season.

They were mostly reliant on Abel Hernandez’s goals. The Uruguayan hit the back of the net 22 times- a huge improvement on his four strikes in his one and only Premier League campaign.

With plenty of top flight experience, Hull will be hoping to replicate similar success to Leicester- although a title win may remain a distant dream.

Their priority must be to become a regular Premier League side. This is their third promotion in eight years and it really is time they stamped their mark on the division.

At least this time around there won’t be any threat of Phil Brown singing on the pitch…

Memorable match: Hull 1-2 Stoke. 9 May 2009. Stoke travelled to Humberside knowing that victory would guarantee survival and they managed that thanks to goals from Ricardo Fuller and a screamer from Liam Lawrence. The Potters had upset the bookies- including those guys that even paid out on relegation- and reduced grown men to tears having achieved the unthinkable.

2016-17 Fixtures: 22 October (A), 15 April (H).

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