Written by Jamie Barwick
Twitter handle: @Jamie_Barwick
Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be hoping for more of the same when facing Hull City at the KC Stadium after seeing his Stoke side overcome Chelsea 3-2 last time out.
The two clubs sit sandwiched in the table in 12th and 13th respectively separated by a mere point, with a win for either club potentially seeing them rise up to 10th if results went in their favour.
Steve Bruce saw his Hull side pick up a point at the Liberty Stadium in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Monday, a game which saw Danny Graham finally end his 11 month wait for a goal. Elsewhere the Potters will be hoping for another performance which saw them beat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, thanks to a last gasp goal from Oussama Assaidi.
Stoke will be pushing for their third away win of the season and face the prospect of back-to-back wins – a feat not achieved since August. However they face a Hull side heavily reliant on their home form thus far picking up 14 points from a possible 21.
Hull have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture with only Sone Aluko their long term absentee. Stoke could welcome back Dutch star Erik Pieters who has declared himself fit following a recent groin strain. Concerns surround the fitness of Asmir Begovic with Thomas Sorensen on standby for a recall to the team. Former Hull man Jonathan Walters will definitely miss the fixture through suspension as will Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth who are injured.
Hull have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games (W4 D3 L1)
Stoke City have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D3 L1).
Hull have won just one of their last eight league matches against Stoke (W1 D4 L3) and just one of the last five on home soil (W1 D1 L3).
Stoke have fewer points after 15 games than in any of their previous five Premier League campaigns (17).
Stoke have committed more fouls than any other team in the top flight (202) this season.
However, Mark Hughes’ side have taken just one point from the last 15 available on the road (W0 D1 L4) in the Premier League.
Only Manchester City (2) have conceded fewer goals in home games than Hull have this season (3), but only Aston Villa (6) have scored fewer on home soil than the Tigers (7).
Hull City have seen more opponents sent off than any other team in the top flight this season (3).
On the last occasion that Danny Graham scored in a Premier League away game (Dec 2012), he went on to score in his following appearance at home in the competition.
This will be the 13th Premier League meeting as coaches between these two former Manchester United team-mates with Steve Bruce winning four and Mark Hughes six of the dozen encounters. This will also be the sixth different fixture in which they have met.