SUNDERLAND vs HULL CITY Prediction
Both sides got 2-1 wins last time out and would easily take another 2-1 win on Saturday. The two teams with the worst goal difference in the league will meet in and a win for either side will boost their confidence massively.
Head to head
|16.09.17||Hull City||1 – 1||Sunderland||(0 – 1)|
|06.05.17||Hull City||0 – 2||Sunderland||(0 – 0)|
|19.11.16||Sunderland||3 – 0||Hull City||(1 – 0)|
|03.03.15||Hull City||1 – 1||Sunderland||(1 – 0)|
|26.12.14||Sunderland||1 – 3||Hull City||(1 – 1)|
|09.03.14||Hull City||3 – 0||Sunderland||( – )|
|08.02.14||Sunderland||0 – 2||Hull City||(0 – 1)|
|02.11.13||Hull City||1 – 0||Sunderland||(1 – 0)|
|24.04.10||Hull City||0 – 1||Sunderland||(0 – 1)|
|12.09.09||Sunderland||4 – 1||Hull City||(1 – 1)|
|18.04.09||Sunderland||1 – 0||Hull City||(1 – 0)|
|20.12.08||Hull City||1 – 4||Sunderland||(1 – 1)|
Hull only have one recognized striker available with that being Dieumerci Mbokani, meanwhile, Sunderland have two inform striker in Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe who will look to get at the defense all game, the two could be crucial in Sunderland picking up points against the Tigers.
The last meeting between these sides saw them entertain a 1-1 draw two seasons ago, an early Dame N’Doye goal near gave the Tigers the victory, but Jack Rodwell equalized with 13 minutes to go to snatch a draw for the Black Cats.
The fixture between the two sides is usually a fiery one, eight yellow cards in this game with six of them coming from Sunderland players. Black Cats manager at the time Gus Poyet was sent to the stands after Rodwell was given a booking, but don’t either manager to lose their head like Poyet did this coming Saturday.
Victor Anichebe vs Michael Dawson
After being named man-of-the-match against Bournemouth, Anichebe will be looking forward to the physical battle against ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson, the Hull captain will relish a battle with Anichebe and it will be a very intriguing clash between the pair.
Both players scored last time out when they both won 2-1, but it will be much tougher for Anichebe, an old-school defender like Dawson could prove too much for the big Nigerian, so he will have to bring his A-game if Sunderland is to beat the Tigers.
Robert Snodgrass vs Patrick van Aanholt
Without Robert Snodgrass it’s fair to say Hull wouldn’t have won last time out, the creative winger came on in the first-half and scored a goal and got the assist for Dawson to help beat Southampton 2-1.
With Patrick van Aanholt an attacking football it will leave plenty of space for the Scot to exploit and if the plays his cards right, he will be able to create at least one goal scoring opportunity.
Van Aanholt is capable of defending, but if he doesn’t play a disciplined game, it could be game over for Sunderland as Snodgrass will easily exploit defensive mistakes.
David Moyes will be without former Everton winger Steven Pienaar due to suspension. Jack Rodwell, Fabio Borini, Lee Cattermole are all ruled out and despite Jan Kirchoff returning to training, he won’t feature on Saturday what so ever.
Mike Phelan will be without Shaun Maloney, the Hull manager confirmed he will miss the trip to the Stadium of Light with a back injury. Abel Hernandez and Will Keane have joined Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce and Andrew Robertson on the injury list, Adama Diomande is suspended so the selection is thinner than ice for manager Phelan at the moment.
Both sides are coming into the game with a win under their belt and would love another win to gain some confidence heading into the big winter period. Hull will only have one recognised striker available and that could be the difference. Defoe and Anichebe will be the key men for the Black Cats, if they are on top form they will cause the back three of Hull some problems.
The Premier League experience in the Hull ranks may take them through this game, the midfield will be key and Ryan Mason, Sam Clucas and Jake Livermore will prove vital and if Hull take their chances they are certain winners. If they don’t Defoe will be ready to pounce and with a force like Anichebe alongside him, it really could go any way.
Predicted Sunderland XI: Pickford, Jones, Djilibodji, Kone, Van Arnholt, Watmore, McNair, N’Dong, Khazri, Defoe, Anichebe.
Predicted Hull City XI: Marshall, Maguire, Dawson, Davies; Snodgrass, Livermore, Clucas, Mason, Henriksen, Maloney, Mbokani.