Dean Holden leads Stoke out at Hull as O’Neill isolates
Stoke travel to the east coast to face a Hull side short on wins but not short on confidence after a great display against Everton in the FA Cup, ultimately they lost due to a wonder strike by Andros Townsend.
Powell & Bursik are back training but aren’t expected to feature just yet.
Fletcher is back, but does he start?
How have we faired in previous meetings.
Sundays fixture will be the 72nd meeting between the two sides
Stoke wins 32
Hull wins 20
The last meeting
The last meeting was back in September. In a very even game Stoke ran out 2-0 winners due to being more clinical with the chances we created. Our last visit to the Kcom Stadium saw Hull win 2-1 in a game Jarrod Bowen controlled & dictated the play throughout. Could of been a cricket score
Form (last 4 games)
Stoke 0-0 Middlesbrough
Stoke 1-2 Derby
Stoke 1-2 Preston
Stoke 2-0 Orient(cup)
Hull City 2-2 Bristol City
Forest 2-1 Hull
Blackpool 1-0 Hull
Hull 2-3 Everton(cup)
Hull have not won any of the last 5 games but showed against Everton in the cup that they aren’t a club to take lightly. Hull played really well against Everton and bar a fantastic long range strike by Townsend they deserved to take the game to penalties.
Who’s the threat
Appropriately named Keane Lewis-Potter has been Hull’s best player so far, he’s Hull’s top scorer and assist maker. George Honeyman has been playing well in midfield, not forgetting Tom Huddlestone who I’ve always believed would of been a great signing for Stoke
How could Stoke set up for the game.
Stoke still have a number of injuries but some are nearing getting back on the pitch. Steven Fletcher has trained this week and should be back in the match day squad. Vrancic we will have to wait till Sunday morning before a final decision is made. New signing Taylor Harwood-Bellis has fitted in well and expected to play a part.
What is your score Prediction?