Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Hull will take on a galvanised Fulham at the KC Stadium following their last gasp win against Norwich on Boxing Day.
Steve Bruce, on the other hand, will be hoping to blow out the Christmas cobwebs after his side let a two goal lead slip against Manchester United.
Fulham have added some steel to their play since Rene Meulensteen has taken over the reins from Martin Jol and will be looking to continue their revival. Only goal difference currently separates them from hauling themselves out of the relegation zone.
Hull on the other hand have been wobbling over the festive period. They will happy with a 20 point return at this stage of the season, but haven’t won in five and will have targeted this game as one they must win.
Steve Bruce’s charges will be without Alan McGregor and David Meyler as both players came off at half time against Manchester United with knee problems. Alex Bruce also suffered a calf complaint in the same match, whilst Stephen Quinn and Sone Aluko remain long term absentees.
Meulensteen will similarly be without his first choice goalkeeper as Stekelenburg after he suffered an ankle injury on Christmas day. David Stockdale took his place in the 2-1 win over Norwich and is expected to continue to do so here. Berbatov could return following a groin problem, whilst Brede Hangeland is out with a back problem.
The Cottagers traditionally have traveled poorly in the Premier League but this season they have turned that image around, having collected more points on the road than at Craven Cottage. They will travel to Hull in buoyant mood and will definitely look to secure at least a share of the spoils.
Hull City v Fulham Pre-Match Stats
Fulham are the only team that Hull City have faced more than once at home in the Barclays Premier League and maintained a 100% win rate (P2 W2).
Fulham have only scored more than once on one of their last 10 trips to face Hull in the league.
This is Fulham’s 13th season in the Premier League and only once (2-0 v Stoke in 2010) have they won their final game of the year.
Hull have won just two of their previous 16 Premier League games in the month of December (D6 L8) and have the worst points per game record in the month of all current PL sides (0.75).
Fulham have conceded a goal in 15 of their 18 Premier League games this season, more often than any other side.
Hull conceded as many goals in their last PL game (3 vs Man Utd) game as they had in their previous eight Premier League home matches this season (3).
Fulham have conceded a goal in each of their last eight Premier League away games, letting in 18 goals in the process.
The Whites have failed to find the net in five of their last eight Premier League games on the road.
23 of Dimitar Berbatov’s 93 Premier League goals (25%) have been scored in December – at least 10 more goals than in any other month of the year.
Fulham have conceded the first goal of the game on 13 occasions this season; more often than any other PL side.