Sunderland’s emphatic 3-0 win over Newcastle in the Tyne-wear derby has truly reflected their current ‘in-form’ team tag, winning three and drawing one of their last four games and pushing them from bottom of the Premier League to 14th. The Black Cats will be facing some tough opponents in their upcoming games and will need maximum points against the ‘Tigers’ at the Stadium of Light.
Hull City (4-4-2): Harper, Rosenior, Davis, McShane, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Jelavic, Long
Although level on points with Sunderland, form suggests that the ‘Tigers’ will struggle against the flying Black Cats. They did manage a respectable 1-1 draw with Tottenham at home last weekend, but Steve Bruce’s men have had a torrid time away from the K.C. Stadium; managing only one win and two draws in twelves league outings.
Sunderland – Hull City 0 2
— sascha daneke (@DanekeS) February 5, 2014
Tempted by the Sunderland vs Hull game at the weekend. It will either be a thriller or dire, no inbetween
— Ash Thompson (@a_thompson7) February 4, 2014
This weekend’s game with Hull feels like Sunderland’s everything. Win it, and we can relax for a few weeks. Fail to and no respite at all.
— Michael Graham (@Capt_Fishpaste) February 6, 2014
Before Sunderland started playing their free-flowing football, they were a bit nasty earlier this season.
Although the fantasy football world has been following the Adam Johnson bandwagon, we’re opting for the little Italian to put in a performance and bag some points.
Sunderland vs. Hull City: An Alternative Preview
Sunderland have won six of their last seven encounters with Hull City.
Hull have scored only one Barclays Premier League goal in 2014, fewer than other side.
There have been five red cards in five Premier League meetings between these two sides, including two for Sunderland in the reverse fixture earlier this season (Cattermole and Dossena).
The Tigers are the only Premier League team not to win a game in 2014 (D1 L4).
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has the best saves to shots rate in the Premier League this season (83%).
Four different players (Ki, Johnson, Borini, Gardner) have taken a penalty for the Black Cats in the PL this season, a bigger spread than any other club.
14 players have scored for Hull in the Premier League this season but none of them have more than three goals.
If only the second halves of games counted this season, Hull would be adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table by five points.
Sunderland have taken 10 points in 2014 (W3 D1 L1), only the top four sides have collected more.
Nikica Jelavic has played 10 hours and 40 minutes of Premier League football without a goal this season and 15 hours and 56 mins since his last one in March.