Tottenham travel to the KC Stadium today to face Steve Bruce’s Hull City. Hull have shocked many a fan this season as they have adapted very well to Premier League life. The return fixture at the Lane was rather stunted from a Tottenham perspective because the movement and tactical approach taken by Hull is that of which restricts the opposition’s attacking flow. This will by no means be an easy game with Hull overcoming Liverpool earlier in the campaign at home.
Tottenham have won their only two Premier League games at Hull – the last game in Yorkshire ended 5-1 to Spurs, with Jermain Defoe netting a hat-trick. Spurs won the reverse fixture this season thanks to a late Roberto Soldado penalty.
Hull have gone four league games without either a goal or a point since putting six past Fulham. They have earned nearly four times as many points from their 11 home league games (18) than in 12 away fixtures (five points). The Tigers, along with Cardiff, have had the fewest shots on target in the league this season (71). George Boyd is the most used substitute in the division this season (15 times). New signing Nikica Jelavic has failed to score in any of his 11 Premier League appearances this term.
Only Arsenal (26) have earned more points on their travels than Tottenham (25) this season, with the Gunners having played one game more. Spurs have won their last five away league games, their best run since 1960. However, their last clean sheet on the road was seven games ago, on 3 November. Soldado’s decisive penalty in the corresponding fixture on 27 October was his fourth league goal of the season; he’s scored just once in 10 Premier League appearances since. In contrast, Emmanuel Adebayor has scored five goals in his last seven league games. Spurs have won nine of their 11 games against bottom-half opposition (D1, L1).
Injury wise, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Younes Kaboul are now fit and in contention to return. Mousa Dembele is fit as confirmed by Sherwood after a knock against City in midweek that forced him out half way through. Danny Rose’s red card was rescinded and thus he is too available for the match. Sherwood also confirmed that Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Sandro are still to miss out through injury.
For Hull, Sone Aluko is still sidelined. Defender James Chester is another long-term absentee and goalkeeper Allan McGregor is banned, therefore Steve Harper will take his place between the sticks. Tom Huddlestone should come up against his former club, but Jake Livermore, on loan from the North London outfit, is ineligible and therefore Robert Koren could be recalled.
Predicted team: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Capoue, Dembélé, Lennon, Eriksen, Soldado, Adebayor.
Predicted score: Hull 0-2 Tottenham