Feb 1, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT
Tottenham are teetering on the brink, close to slipping out of the Premier League’s European positions. In order to continue challenging for a Champions League spot, today Spurs are going to need to beat a Hull side that’s been very good at the KC Stadium (10 a.m. ET, watch live online on NBC Sports Live Extra).
Hull have lost three times at home this season: to Chelsea, Manchester United and…Crystal Palace. For the most part, Steve Bruce has them pulling off results in front of an appreciative home crowd – even if the neutrals don’t always enjoy the cautious approach. Particularly when Hull have failed to score in their last four matches. In fact, they haven’t scored since beating Fulham 6-0.
So despite the strong home record, it’s tough to see the Tigers taming Tottenham today. Particularly since Spurs will be anxious for revenge after getting mauled 5-1 by Manchester City midweek. The reverse fixture ended 1-0 for Tottenham; a similar scoreline wouldn’t be out of place today.
The hosts make three changes to the side that fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace last time out. Allan McGregor is suspended, with Steve Harper taking his place between the sticks. Alex Bruce is on the bench, while Jake Livermore is ineligible to play against parent club Tottenham. It’s Maynor Figueroa and Robbie Brady that step in.
Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho both return to the starting lineup for the visitors, with the Belgian making his first start in two months. Mousa Dembélé and Vlad Chiriches are the ones they replace, with neither on the bench at the KC Stadium.
Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Meyler, Elmohamady, Brady, Jelavic, Long
Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Boyd, Quinn, Fryatt, Sagbo
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Soldado
Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Capoue, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Kane
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