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Preview: Hull City -Vs- Stoke City

Having earned a credible 1-1 draw in Wales on Monday night, City return to the KC Stadium to tale on Stoke City, a team positioned one place and one point behind Hull City.

The match at Swansea saw Danny Graham score his first goal for the club and first since January 2013 with City fans now hoping there will be more to come.

Stoke, in their last outing, picked up an impressive victory against Chelsea and will arrive at the KC with confidence high.

Hull City Team News

Steve Bruce has a fully-fit squad except for long term injuries to Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn.

Robbie Brady, having started at Arsenal, was dropped for the match at Swansea City and may be forced to settle for a place on the bench.

Stoke City Team News

Thomas Sorensen is set to make a first league start since 2012 with Asmir Begovic suffering an injury in training.

Left back Erik Peters could return after recovering from a groin injury.

Match Officials

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistant Referee`s: J. Collin and L. Betts

Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

Facts and Statistics

The last meeting between these sides came in April 2010, Stoke winning as City ultimately suffered relegation to the Championship with both sides having been promoted together in 2008.

City`s last home victory against Stoke was in November 2009, a late winner from Jan Venegoor of Hesselink securing City the points.

Stoke are poor on the road and have the third worse points total away from home this season. City meanwhile have the second best home defence, behind only Manchester City and Bruce will be looking towards this good home form to secure another three points today.

Prediction

Hull City 2 - 0 Stoke City




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The Journalist

Writer: Matt Wilson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 14 2013

Time: 9:26AM

 

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