Hull City VS Burnley Prediction
“The Tigers” from Hull will have to chase the victory against “The Clarets” from Burnley, when in Saturday afternoon “KC Stadium” will be stage of the clash between two sides, who are deeply involved in the relegation battle. And if we can say that Hull City have their chances to remain in the Premier League, then we can’t give any further chances to Burnley, since “The Clarets” are almost certain for a Championship return.
Hull City is currently on the safe 17th position but Steve Bruce’s men are with the same amount of points (34) like the 16th Leicester City, while the team of Sunderland is the main danger for both sides, since “The Black Cats” have one point less (33) and they’re with one game less. Including the fact that the last two matches for “The Tigers” are a visit at “White Hart Lane”, and a home match against Manchester United in the last round, then you can see by yourself that the three points in Saturday are more than mandatory for the hosts from Kingston upon Hull… On other side we have the last placed Burnley, who is with only 26 points, so the difference between both sides is from 8 points. This means that draw may be suicidal for both clubs, and they must chase the win. However, even if Burnley manage to win at “KC Stadium”, thereupon they can’t be sure for their Premier League chances as well, since the team is in serious lack of points, compared to the other relegation involved clubs. “The Clarets” will travel for Hull without a scored goal since the surprising 1:0 win over Manchester City, which was followed by a surprising home goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur, at “Turf Moor”, but the other 5 matches were all defeats, including the 0:1 defeats in the last four rounds.
The home side is looking definitely stronger and “The Tigers” must look for an end of one very negative trend – 4 consecutive home defeats from Burnley, However, “The Tigers” won in 2 from their last 3 efforts and this will give them some confidence before the vital game. Steve Bruce and his players started the new week with a Monday night defeat from Arsenal (1:3), which was preceded by a surprising 1:0 win over Liverpool, at home again. The game tonight will be their third consecutive home fixture and Hull City definitely must use the fact that they have 4 home games in the last 5 Premier League rounds, if they want to remain in the EPL. That’s why we expect Hull City to achieve first home success over Burnley since season 2007-2008, when Hull make a double against Burnley, but this was in the Football Championship. Seven years later both teams may return there, and this mainly depends from the upcoming game in Round 36.
Possible starting XI:
Hull City: Harper – McShane, Dawson, Chester – Brady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady – N’Doye, Jelavic. (3-5-2)
Missing players – Missing players – Curtis Davies, Robert Snodgrass. Doubtful: David Meyler, Mohamed Diame.
Burnley: Heaton – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee – Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Taylor – Barnes – Ings. (4-4-1-1)
Missing players – Dean Marney, Kevin Long. Doubtful: Sam Vokes.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (16 yellow and 1 red card in the last 3 EPL games of which he was referee)