Match Preview, Hull City vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Saturday 1st February 2014. 3pm Kick off.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: KC Stadium.

TV: Not televised.

Another Manchester City capitulation, it’s cliche but it’s the truth, we need to bounce back instantly with a big performance, the players will be down because they know things went against them on Wednesday, but it’s in the past and the positive is we don’t have to play them again! Too good, they’ll win the league. Against Hull City it’s going to be difficult, but our away form has been brilliant and I hope we can continue our good form away from the Lane, we’ve won 5 on the bounce away, a club record, so with that stat I’m confident we can go and win. Last time out against Hull City we won 1-0 at the Lane, a late Roberto Soldado penalty getting us the win in a difficult game with Hull City’s tactics spot on, we had no space. Different times now! We’ve been in great scoring form and with Hull City at home I’d expect them to try and attack us and create opportunities, which would leave space for us to counter attack, which we’ve been extremely good at recently. I am glad we get back into action so soon after the defeat to Manchester City, now we can get back to winning ways instantly against another City, Hull!

Hull City have been great this season, but have recently hit troublesome results and with them, have been dragged back into the relegation battle. They’ve lost 4 Premier League games on the bounce and have only won once in 10 matches, so they’re under a little bit of pressure to perform, especially from their home fans. They are 4 points off the relegation zone while being in 13th place, so it tells you just how tight it is down at the bottom! The team news for Hull City is that Figueroa (muscle) and Brady (groin) are doubtful for the game, with Chester (hamstring), Aluko (achilles) and goalkeeper McGregor (suspended) all out of the match on Saturday. Plus, Jake Livermore is unable to play because he is on loan from Tottenham and can’t play against his parent club. The players that will be key for Hull start with our former midfielder, Tom Huddlestone, he’s been crucial to their team this season and makes them tick, given time he can hurt us with his brilliant range of passing, we have to close him down and make him rush! Also, Shane Long is a good player up-front, he will harry our defence and work hard for chances, we need to keep him quiet, too. Finally, Elmohamady is a flyer on the right hand side, he’s got energy and pace, with the ability to put in a good cross too, with Jelavic and Long in the middle it could cause problems, so Danny Rose will have to be on his game to deal with him.

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The team news for Spurs is good news, after being close to a return against Manchester City, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Younes Kaboul are now fit and in contention to start against Hull. Also, Mousa Dembele is fit after a knock against Manchester City and included in the match day squad, with Danny Rose’s red card that he received being rescinded, so he is available for the match. The bad news is that Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Sandro remain out and will not feature against the Tigers. With the news of Jan Vertonghen coming back, I’d put him straight into the team along with Paulinho, the two that I would drop out would be Michael Dawson and Nabil Bentaleb, even though I rate Nabil highly I just don’t see a place in the team once Paulinho and Sandro are back, but you never know, Tim seems to love him! Dawson is a great captain, but the reality is, football wise, he is not as good as Jan Vertonghen or at the moment Vlad Chiriches at the back, as for the captaincy, we have good leaders on the pitch, but I’d give it to Jan Vertonghen or Hugo Lloris. Up front, I’d give Roberto Soldado back his place up top with Emmanuel Adebayor, this would see Eriksen go back out to the left hand side, I think Soldado needs game time to show his quality and if he can get a goal it would be a massive boost for us and most importantly him, confidence wise. With two strikers up front we could be able to stretch The Hull back line because the Tigers play three at the back with two flying wing backs, so I’d like to see that tried to start with!

Match Stats and Facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Only one of the last six meetings between Hull and Spurs in all competitions has ended as a home win (three away wins, two draws).

– Tottenham have won their last five Barclays Premier League away matches, their best run since 1960.

– Hull City have been level at half-time in their last six home matches.

– Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick on Spurs’ last visit to the KC Stadium.

– Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table but have a negative goal difference (-1) – the only side in the top nine places to do so.

– Hull City have not had both teams scoring in their last five matches.

– George Boyd is the most used substitute in the division this season (15 times).

– Tottenham’s last Premier League clean sheet away from home came on November 3rd and they have failed to keep one in their six road trips since.

– Spurs have had Over 2.5 goals in their last six away matches.

– Spurs have scored at least once in every Premier League game under Tim Sherwood.

– No team has hit fewer shots on target than Hull this season (71 – level with Cardiff).

– Hull City have conceded first in their last four matches.

– Hull have received a red card in each of their last two Premier League games – this after going 19 PL games without one.

– Since putting six past Fulham; Hull City have gone four league games without a goal.

It’s a big ‘bounce back’ game for Spurs, we need the three points to keep up with the teams above us, the game is not televised but I’ll be sure to provide you with a stream, as well as updates on twitter at @AddictedToSpurs where I’ll give you match updates, pictures, videos and even vines! Let’s get a win! COYS!!

My predicted team to face Hull City at the KC Stadium:
4-4-2
Lloris
Walker – Chiriches – Vertonghen – Rose
Lennon – Paulinho – Dembele – Eriksen
Soldado – Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood’s thoughts previewing our clash with Hull:

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