THE POTTERS will go in search of a third win in a row when they welcome Hull City to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Mark Hughes’ side were valued winners last weekend after sticking four past West Midlands rivals Aston Villa in front of the live television cameras.
It was the second win over claret and blue in just over a week after defeating West Ham United in their last home fixture a fortnight ago.
Hull City arrive in the Potteries having picked up three points against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, followed by a narrow defeat away at the Hammers in midweek.
The Tigers have won two in their last six Premier League matches, but will be full of confidence having steered into the FA Cup Semi-Finals for the third time in their 110 year history.
The two sides played out a goalless draw at the KC Stadium back in December and stokecityfc.com takes a further look into the stats and facts surrounding our opponents.
WHO ARE THEY?
Name: Hull City
Nickname: The Tigers
Stadium: The KC Stadium
Manager: Steve Bruce
Championship: Runners-up - 2012/13, Play-Off winners - 2007/08
Division Three (League One): Champions - 1965/66, Runners-up - 1958/59, 2004/05, Promoted - 1984/85
Division Four (League Two): Runners-up - 1982/83, 2003/04
- The Tigers have never won a domestic trophy and have never reached the final of a domestic cup competition.
Last Six Premier League Games: LWLLWL
Mar 14 // West Ham 2-1 Hull
Mar 14 // Hull 2-0 WBA
Mar 14 // Hull 0-2 Man City
Mar 14 // Hull 1-4 Newcastle
Feb 14 // Cardiff 0-4 Hull
Feb 14 // Hull 0-1 Southampton
Possible Line-Up v Stoke City
Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior;
Aluko, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler;
Matty Fryatt, Robbie Brady, Curtis Davies, Nikica Jelavic – FOUR
League Meetings: 55, Stoke Wins: 21, Draws: 18, Hull City Wins: 16
FA Cup Meetings: 4, Stoke Wins: 3, Draws: 0, Hull City Wins: 1
Total Played: 59, Stoke Wins: 24, Draws: 18, Hull City Wins: 17
- The Potters have met Hull City on just 59 occasions in all competitions. The first meeting came in November 1907, when both when the Tigers beat Stoke 2-1 in the old Division Two, know more commonly known as the Championship
- Stoke picked up their first win over Hull in September 1919, when the Potters put three past our Humberside opponents at the Victoria Ground.
- In the modern era, the two clubs have met on eleven occasions going back to the 2005/06 season. The Potters have lost just twice in those eleven fixtures, with the last win over Hull at the Britannia Stadium coming in April 2010 when Liam Lawrence and Ricardo Fuller earned the Potters a 2-0 victory.
- The Tigers haven’t won in the Potteries in over eight years. Their last victory in Stoke-on-Trent came in January 2006 as they were comfortable 3-0 winners.
- Stoke’s biggest victory over this weekend’s opponents was recorded twice in 1986 and 1988 respectively, as the Potters came out 4-0 winners on both occasions.
- The Potters heaviest defeat came from a six goal margin as Hull put seven past Stoke at their old Boothferry Park stadium, there was little a Stoke consolation could do as the hosts were comfortable victors in a 7-1 thriller.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
The former West Brom man has been in inspiring form since joining the Tigers from Birmingham City last summer. The 29-year-old has missed just one Premier League game this season and his resilient performances have had many touting him for a surprise England call-up ahead of this summer’s World Cup Finals.
The towering defender has played down his chances of breaking into the Three Lions squad after missing out in the recent friendly win over Denmark earlier this month and insists he is purely concentrating on club football.
He signed for the Tigers to stop the goals from going in, but the former England under-21 international is currently Hull’s joint top goal scorer with four goals, having scored three in the last five matches.
Davies has also helped the Tigers earn ten of their thirteen clean sheets this season as Steve Bruce’s side look like certainties to survive and are still in contention to lift their first major trophy in the club’s 110-year history.
The central midfielder has become an integral figure at the KC Stadium after joining the club from Tottenham Hotspur.
Whilst still at Spurs, shortly after scoring against Arsenal in 2011, Huddlestone made a hair-rising challenge not to cut his hair until he scored again. It took him two-and-a-half years before he found that net once more earlier this season against Fulham and his efforts raised £36,000 for Cancer Research.
Huddlestone has certainly come a long way since making his professional debut against the Potters for Derby County in 2003. He has long been recognised as one of the Premier League’s greatest talents and the England international has certainly re-found his form which prompted Steve Bruce to fight for his signature.
Stoke Win 11/10
Hull Win 13/5
First Goalscorer – Peter Crouch 11/2, Peter Odemwingie 6/1, Marko Arnautovic 7/1, Nikica Jelavic 7/1, Shane Long 7/1, Yannick Sagbo 15/2
Live audio commentary is available as always from Nigel Johnson and the boys to Stoke City Player
Interactive updates will also be available for free throughout the afternoon via stokecityfc.com on The Wall, and we'll be tweeting about the action from the Britannia Stadium on our @stokecity
Limited tickets are on sale online at scfcdirect.com, by calling 01782 367599 or in person from the Britannia Stadium Ticket Office or Club Store in the intu Potteries Shopping Centre.