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To Hull And Back

STOKE CITY will be looking to prolong a superb record in Hull when they travel to the KC Stadium in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

The Potters travel north on Saturday evening looking to build upon the recent 3-2 success against title hopefuls Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, but know they will have it all to do against Steve Bruce's side.

Whilst Stoke can boast an impressive record of results in Humberside, having lost just two of the previous 14 encounters, Hull have been in fine form on home turf this campaign, recording 14 points from their opening seven top-flight fixtures.

In fact, the narrow 1-0 reverse against Crystal Palace last month remains the only league defeat they have suffered at the KC Stadium this term.

That defeat has been sandwiched by impressive and crucial wins against Sunderland (1-0) and in-form Liverpool (3-1).

The Tigers have also taken all three points from clashes against Norwich City and West Ham United, both 1-0, whilst Cardiff City and Aston Villa were both held to draws.

Stoke though will undoubtedly take on the newly promoted side in fine spirits having taken all three points off Chelsea last time out, and suffered just a single defeat in six Premier League matches.

Stoke City's record against Hull in Humberside since 1960 is as follows:

2009, lost 2-1
2009, won 2-1
2007, drew 1-1
2006, won 2-0
2005, won 1-0
1992, lost 1-0
1992, won 1-0
1990, drew 0-0
1989, won 4-1
1988, drew 0-0
1986, won 4-0
1985, won 2-0
1977, drew 0-0
1971, won 3-2

During that time the Potters have scored 21 goals, conceding just eight.

The last meeting came during the 2009/10 campaign and ended in victory for the hosts, with the impressively named Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink netting a stoppage time winner after former Potter Seyi Olofinjana had levelled the match following Matthew Etherington's well-taken opener.

Stoke have tasted victory at the KC during recent times however, thanks to a stunning Liam Lawrence strike during the Club's maiden Premier League campaign in 2008/09.

The Republic of Ireland international hit home a thunderous 25-yard effort eight minutes from time to add to Jamaican Ricardo Fuller's strike earlier in the afternoon.

Defender Andy Dawson clawed a goal back for Phil Brown's side in stoppage time, but the Potters held on to record a famous victory that mathematically secured a second term in the biggest league in the world..

It promises to be another  entertaining affair in front of the live television cameras on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off), so if you haven't yet secured your ticket for the clash then why not do so now.

You can purchase direct from the Britannia Stadium ticket office, online at SCFCDIRECT.COM or via telephone by calling 01782 367599.

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