Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Saturday November 2 2013
After heroic displays at White Hart Lane which saw City ultimately leave empty handed in both but with their pride still in-tact, they return to the KC this afternoon to face relegation threatened Sunderland.
Sunderland recorded their first win of the season last week, beating bitter derby rivals Newcastle United 2-1 whilst City had to exert themselves for 120 minutes on Wednesday night against Tottenham. A thrilling cup game, it took eighteen penalties until Elmohamady missed, seeing City lose the shoot-out 8-7.
Hull City Team News
Against Tottenham, Bruce opted to revert to a 3-5-2 shape which had served the club so well in the Championship. A continuation is unlikely today with Bruce needing to see his side on the front foot.
Alex Bruce picked up an injury in midweek and could miss today, meaning Paul McShane will partner Curtis Davies in defence. Jake Livermore will return to midfield after being ineligible to play in the last two, a scenario now faced by Danny Graham with the striker ineligible today.
Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady are both doubtful to feature, meaning George Boyd may continue in the team having performed admirably in the double header with Tottenham.
Sunderland Team News
Gus Poyet has no injury concerns and may make his only decision on whether to start Fabio Borini, scorer of the winning goal against Newcastle United.
Jozy Altidore spent a year on loan at the KC Stadium and returns for the first time today; his last match at the KC resulting in the American being sent off for City against Sunderland.
Sunderland have won the last six meetings between these two sides with City scoring just twice during these matches. The most recent meeting saw Sunderland win 1-0 at the KC in April 2010 and in the same season, City were on the end of a 4-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light.
City`s last win against today`s opposition came in April 1990, a 1-0 win in Sunderland.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referee`s: D. Bryan and M. Perry
Fourth Official: P. Tierney
City are looking to stop a run of three winless games whilst Sunderland are looking to build on a first win in seven. The away side certainly have had the best of recent meetings and will target today`s game as a source of potential points.
The key to the game could be the first goal. Sunderland will start brightly as they did against Newcastle which brought the early goal and raised their confidence. Against Swansea though, once they went behind, the side capitulated to a 4-0 loss.
Hull City 2 - 1 Sunderland
Date:Saturday November 2 2013
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