Written by Luke Evans
Hull City take on Stoke City at the KCOM stadium and will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats.
Hull will be without left-back Andy Robertson due to a calf injury he suffered last-week at Bournemouth and will be out for 2 months.
However, Phelan has confirmed today in his weekly pre-match conference that Josh Tymon or Sam Clucas may take his place in the starting lineup.
Michael Dawson, who suffered a long set-back in pre-season, has played with the Development squad and could be in the squad against Stoke tomorrow.
So here’s my predicted starting lineup for the game against Stoke City.
GK -23, David Marshall
Mike Phelan has not made any indication that he will drop David Marshall and replace the Scottish International with Eldin Jakupovic.
Marshall, who has conceded over 20 goals in his last 6 games, will be hoping to get on the fans side and claim his first clean-sheet for the Tigers.
CB -6, Curtis Davies
Curtis Davies will be looking to get his form back from the first 4 games of the season.
Curtis Davies will probably be at the hart of the Hull defence wearing the captains armband.
CB – 5, Harry Maguire
There’s a huge debate at the moment to bench Maguire and bring back Dawson into the starting-lineup.
However, Dawson, who has just comeback from injury is likely to be on the bench and Harry to start.
LB – 11, Sam Clucas
Andy Roberson, who suffered a calf injury against Bournemouth last-week will be out for 2 months, and in my opinion, Sam Clucas is the most suitable candidate for the role.
It is likely that we will see Clucas in the left-back position and not Josh Tymon because the youngster is not experienced in the Premier League and could be a huge risk for the game.
RB – 27, Elmohamady
This week we heard that Moses Odubajo will be out for another 6 months and will be lucky to be back by the end-of the season.
However, it is likely that Elmohamady will stay in the right-back position for the rest of the season.
8, Tom Huddlestone
Huddlestone is likely to start against Stoke this weekend. The midfielder was benched against Bournemouth last-week, but is likely to start this weekend.
14, Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore has started in every league match this season.
The midfielder started in defence with Curtis Davies for the first 3 games, but was put back into his natural positon against Bournemouth last-week.
With defensive players coming back after injury, Livermore is likely to stay in his natural positon of midfield.
25, Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason has started well to his life in Yorkshire.
The record signing scored against Bournemouth last-week, and is hugely likely to continue in the hart of midfield
10, Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass will be looking to find his brilliant form from the first 4 games.
Snodgrass will continue to be an attacking threat, with any set-pieces hugely vital to Hull, who have struggled to score from open play in their recent games.
22, Markus Henriksen
Henriksen could start against Stoke this week, after scoring a great against Stoke in the EFL cup in September.
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Abel hasn’t started in the last 2 games.
In my opinion, he should start and would be a great attacking option against Stoke City.
Hull fans score predictions against Stoke –
Mark – Twitter: @MarkBrad39 – Hull City 2-1 Stoke City
Mark: “I personally think that it will be 2-1 to Hull because we’ve shown the character in the team to go 1-0 down in the cup at the Bet 365 Stadium and make a comeback to win 3-1. If we can do it on a “wet night in Stoke,” then we should be able to do it on a sunny afternoon at the KCOM Stadium.”
Karl – Twitter – @KarlEmpson – Hull City 2-1 Stoke City
“I think we will win 2-1, we go 1-0 nil down, and we make a come-back. Robert Snodgrass will score a free-kick to win the game, hopefully.”
Will – Twitter – @WillHuyton – Hull City 2-0 Stoke City
“Hull 2-0, because its an important game for both sides. We will play well and win back some confidence. It will be a slow start, but goals from Snodgrass and Clucas will secure all-three points for the home side.”
Hull City Journals – Twitter – @HullCityJourna1 – Hull City 2-1 Stoke City
“I think 2-1 to Hull. A breakaway from Hernandez to get back on the scoresheet to put Hull 1-0 up. Stoke will score through a Shaqiri free-kick to put the game level. However, Davies will score from an amazing corner kick from Robert Snodgrass to give all three-points to the home side.”
Personally, I think we can get three-points out of the game against Stoke. Stoke haven’t been so consistent themselves so far this season and this could be the perfect chance for Hull to get three-points on the board. A lot of Hull players know how Stoke play, after their 3-1 win in the EFL Cup in September.
My score prediction is, Hull 1-0, with a wonder goal by Ryan Mason.
The game will be played at the KCOM Stadium at 3’o clock.
Comment below your prediction for the game!