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Hull vs Stoke predictions: Tigers can get back on track
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Daniel Childs
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Liam Rosenior will want to see Hull end a run of four straight draws with a win at home to Stoke.
Liam Rosenior will want to see Hull end a run of four straight draws with a win at home to Stoke.

- Hull are unbeaten in their last seven matches
- Stoke have lost four of their last five away fixtures
- Recommended bet:
Hull

Hull have fallen three points adrift of the Championship play-off places after four successive draws and will have their eyes only on victory when hosting relegation-threatened Stoke.

Improved home form looks a must for the Tigers, who have registered each of their last three wins on their travels.

However, Liam Rosenior’s side drew 2-2 at home to Leicester last time out and will be hoping for a better outcome if they play to a similarly high standard.

Stoke are in the thick of the relegation battle with only a two-point cushion to the drop zone.

They have spent the international break stewing over a 3-0 loss at home to Norwich.

Team news

Hull centre-back Jacob Greaves starts a two-game ban and misses out on a Championship starting berth for only the second occasion this season. Sean McLoughlin looks a likely candidate to deputise.

On-loan Manchester City striker Liam Delap remains absent with a knee injury.

Stoke have problems to solve in midfield with Wouter Burger completing a two-game ban and Ben Pearson (muscle strain) nursing an injury.

Junior Tchamadeu (ankle), Enda Stevens (hamstring) and Lynden Gooch (muscle strain) were unavailable before the break.

The stats

Hull are unbeaten in their last seven matches, although they have shared the points in each of the last four.

The Tigers have scored the first goal in five of their last six fixtures, while six of Hull’s last seven games have featured goals for both teams.

Stoke have lost four of their last five away games and the Potters have gone 12 matches since their last Championship draw.

Stoke have scored two goals or more in just two of their last 14 league fixtures.

Prediction

Hull need to rediscover the winning habit and should come up with the answers against struggling Stoke at the MKM Stadium.

The last couple of months has been a largely positive period for Hull, who have taken 19 points from their last ten league games.

The Tigers seem to have benefited from a few ambitious moves in the January transfer window and are likely to have too much quality for Stoke, who have been dragged into the scrap for survival.

Stoke have lost eight of their last 11 games, including a dismal 3-0 reverse at home to Norwich last time out.

They were comfortably brushed aside by the Canaries and are set to struggle against another of the playoff contenders.

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