HOME COMFORTS // Hull City have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games (W4 D3 L1)
IMPROVED // Stoke City have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D3 L1).
STRUGGLE // The Tigers have won just one of their last eight league matches against Stoke (W1 D4 L3) and just one of the last five on home soil (W1 D1 L3).
ABDOULAYE MY LORD // Steve Bruce could include former Stoke captain Abdoulaye Faye in his side this weekend. Of the four matches the defender has started in this season, his side have shipped in just two goals.
TOUGH // Stoke have committed more fouls than any other team in the top flight (202) this season.
QUIET // Only Manchester City (2) have conceded fewer goals in home games than Hull have this season (3), but only Aston Villa (6) have scored fewer on home soil than the Tigers (7).
RED MIST // Hull City have seen more opponents sent off than any other team in the top flight this season (3).
SIDELINED // Jonathan Walters will miss out on a return to his former stomping ground having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend.
OMEN // On the last occasion that Danny Graham scored in a Premier League away game (Dec 2012), he went on to score in his following appearance at home.
FRIENDS REUNITED // This will be the 13th Premier League meeting as coaches between these two former Manchester United team-mates with Steve Bruce winning four and Mark Hughes six of the dozen encounters. This will also be the sixth different fixture in which they have met.