Stoke City vs Hull City Preview: Key Battle, Team News, Prediction and More

Stoke City host Hull City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday looking to secure their first victory in four games following defeats from Chelsea, Leicester, Burnley and Liverpool. 

The Potters have lost only two league games at home and should be confident about adding another win on Saturday. 

Hull remain a much improved side from that of the beginning of the season, however they remain placed only two points above relegation zone and with only one away win in the league this season, Marco Silva’s side will be desperate to make it two on Saturday. 


Classic Encounter

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Two moments of magic from Xherdan Shaqiri secured a comfortable victory for Stoke City in this seasons reverse fixture.

The 25-year-old was a menace for the entire ninety minutes as he continually opened up the Tigers defence and in a game which lacked poise, his two shots from outside the box were the touch of class needed to send Stoke home with three points.

The result on match-day nine left Hull with four successive home defeats and the Potters were unbeaten in four.


Key Battle

Stoke Attack vs Hull Defence

Hull City v Stoke City - Premier League

It may seem straightforward, attack vs defence, but the Tigers have the second worst defence in the league – behind only Swansea – and have conceded the most goals away from home (38) this season. 

Although Stoke are not prolific scorers they are more than capable of turning up the pressure through Shaqiri, Arnautovic and Berahino and if the visitors are to take any points on Saturday they must limit the time and space to Stoke’s creative attackers. 


Team News

Joe Allen will be missing from action for two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in his side’s loss to Liverpool.

Jack Butland is a doubt to make his return to first team action this week, but Mark Hughes could be tempted to include the England international on the bench.

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Silva admitted Harry Maguire is touch and go for this weekend after limping off against Middlesbrough with a knee injury, whilst Dieumerci Mbokani is back in contention following six weeks out, as is Tom Huddlestone.

Ryan Mason, Will Keane and Moses Odubajo all remain sidelined. 


Predicted Lineups

Stoke City (4-4-2): Grant, Pieters, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Johnson, Arnautovic, Whelan, Cameron, Shaqiri, Berahino, Walters

Hull City (4-4-1-1): Jakupovic, Robertson, Ranocchia, Dawson, Elmohamady, Grosicki, Clucas, N’Diaye, Markovic, Evandro, Hernandez

 


Prediction

Hull have had an impressive run of results with nine points secured out of a possible fifteen, with Stoke only managing one in the same time.

However, with only one away win this season and one victory over Stoke in the Premier League, a tight and cagey match will result in a win for the home side.

Stoke City 2 – 1 Hull City 

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