Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City

This is the 9th time these two have met in the Premier League, Spurs have 5 wins and only 1 loss. Last time Hull were in the Premier League Spurs completed the double over them a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane and a 2-1 away win. Mike Phelan took charge in the summer after Steve Bruce left just before the season started. This is Phelan’s 1st job as the manager of a club, he has made a career as numerous no 2’s most famously Sir Alex Fergusons assistant. He made a great start to his career as Hull’s manager by wining Manager of the Month for August and winning his 1st 2 games in charge. Since then he has only managed one win and Hull find themselves in the bottom 3 of the Premier League. White Hart Lane will be welcoming back a number of ex-players, Dawson, Livermore, Huddlestone and it will be a 1st return for Ryan Mason.  

Hull have used several formations this season, but the most frequent are 3-5-1-1 or 4-4-1-1. They struggle to keep clean sheets having only one in fifteen games and they have conceded 32 goals. They also find it difficult to create scoring opportunity’s averaging only 9.5 shots a game compared to Spurs who average 17.4 shots. They have only scored 15 goals which is the fourth worst in the Premier League. All these stats demonstrate why Hull are struggling and find themselves in the relegation places. Spurs continue to use the 4-2-3-1 formation and Pochettino is beginning to have more options as players return from injury. Spurs continue to dominate possession in most games their 56.2% is the third highest in the league. Although they haven’t clicked into top gear this season and creating clear cut scoring opportunity’s remains a problem. The defence remains strong only conceding 9.8 shots a game compared to Hull whose 19.3 shots is the 2nd worse in the league. Spurs get fouled an average of 13.5 times a game which the 2nd most in the league but haven’t scored a single goal this season from a free kick in the Premier League. 

Hull drew with Crystal Palace 3-3 at home, their 1st goal was controversial as it appeared Robert Snodgrass dived to win the penalty. The Scottish International later apologised but after Dele Alli was accused of the same thing last week calls for retrospective action has been a talking point among pundits. Spurs came away from Old Trafford with a 1-0 loss, in a game where they had nearly 60% possession they were unable to create enough to trouble Utd’s defence. This was only the 2nd game this season in the Premier League that Spurs have failed to score. They only managed 4 shots on target the entire game. This was the second away loss in a row, which is the 1st time this has happened under Pochettino. Danny Rose hit a milestone in his Spurs career as this game was his 100th Premier League appearance. The loss left Spurs in 5th place on 27 points three points behind Manchester City in fourth and 10 points off the top of the league. 

How the teams might line up:

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