Hull City have started the season surprisingly perkily – “level on points with Man Utd after 8 games Mr Bruce?” “Aye man, why yes please like”. They’ve been picking up points at home and whilst they’ve not had quite the same success away from east Yorkshire, the good win at St James’s Park they had a few weekends ago should mean that none of our players need telling not to take them lightly when we face them on Sunday afternoon. It’d be a crime if we took anyone lightly after that West Ham shocker having said that.
Hull will be without a couple of key players. Goalie Allan McGregor is knacked as is not-in-form striker Danny Graham. Jake Livermore can’t play due to the FA’s fear that playing against his own team will be too much for a loanee to cope with. Tom Huddlestone will make his first appearance back at WHL since leaving us to spend more time with his afro. Rumours that he needed to move to somewhere where there was more space for his hair (or was that turning circle?) are unfounded. I personally am glad he’s found a regular first team spot somewhere, I’m sure it’ll do him good. He hopefully will get a good reception; I don’t see why he wouldn’t. If we’re several ahead in the final stages we should give him a free chance to get the goal he needs to free him from his tonsorial torture. He is starting to look sillier and sillier.
Villas-Boas rotated and rested on Thursday night but a lot of the first team still had too much of a workout and won’t be as fresh as one would wish by the time Sunday afternoon rolls round. Add injuries to Fryers and Naughton to the already crocked Kaboul and Rose and you’ll find a back four that picks itself. Given this I’d expect a team very similar to that which took the field at Villa Park, Eriksen may well replace Holtby and Lennon or Chadli will probably get a start ahead of Sigurdsson. Whatever team turns up, lets hope they’ve got the plane ride etc out of their system or we’ll be set for another flat Hamsters type affair.
Even though it’s not just the implosions at Sunderland and Palace (I can’t believe they’re pondering Pulis by the way, for the good of the game, please no) keeping the Tigers clear from danger one senses the worse for them and one’s mind’s eye can see the inevitable resignation press conference with Bruce’s face contorting as it attempts to forge its own career as a lookey-likey for a fat man’s bum. We should have more than enough about us to bring the date of that meeting one game closer.
Michael Oliver is the referee. COYS.
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