In their stuttering Championship campaigns, Hull City and Stoke City will square off on Tuesday night at the MKM Stadium.
In their most recent match, Shota Arveladze’s team fell to Sheffield United , while the Potters also lost to Reading.
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Hull could have been excused for feeling upbeat about their chances of snapping a two-game losing run against Cardiff City in 22nd place, but all Premier League, EFL, and women’s matches were postponed at the weekend due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Arveladze and his team have therefore had more than a week to identify their mistakes in the setback to Sheffield United last weekend, which resulted in the Tigers’ third loss of the year.
Hull and their porous defense have fallen to 12th in the standings with 11 points after going unbeaten in each of their first four Championship games but losing three of their last four. They have also gone six games without a clean sheet in league play.
The hosts’ weaknesses are evident after conceding 12 goals in their last four Championship games, but their injury problem is also hurting them, and Arveladze’s team has so far mostly excelled at home.
Hull had put together a three-game league winning streak at the MKM Stadium before losing to the promotion-chasing Blades, but the Tigers haven’t earned a shutout at home in the second tier since April.
Alex Neil’s new job at Stoke City hasn’t exactly gotten off to a good start, as the ex-manager of Sunderland and Preston North End followed up a 1-1 draw with Swansea City with a 2-1 loss to Reading last weekend.
Ben Wilmot’s response was followed by two strikes from Lucas Joao, which added to the Potters’ shaky start to the new season. Neil bemoaned the Madejski Stadium’s pattern of mistake.
After eight games of the new season, Stoke is in 20th place in the table but is only ahead of 22nd-place Cardiff on goal differential. Four of the Potters’ last five away games in the second tier have now resulted in losses.
The Potters’ 2-0 victory over Hull in January was their third straight victory against the Tigers, which is encouraging news for the underwhelming visitors. However, the Potters haven’t defeated Hull on the road in back-to-back matches since 2006.
It should be challenging for either team to establish their dominance following an unexpected break period because both teams are lacking in resources and confidence due to their separate injury issues.
Despite Hull’s previous pattern of goal-for-goal conceded, Neil’s team is prone to the occasional defensive slip-up, thus we can only see this game ending equal.