This will be the 10th time these two teams will meet in the Premier League. Hull won the 1st meeting but since then have not managed another, with six losses and two draws. The pair met back in December, with Spurs securing a 3-0 home win. A goal from Victor Wanyama and a brace from Christian Eriksen ensured Hull remained in the relegation zone. Unfortunately, this is where Hull would remain their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed last weekend. Spurs continue to improve under Mauricio Pochettino with no fewer than four club records broken this season. They have secured most points (83), most wins (25), most goals (76) and most clean sheets (23). Hull City have one win in their last five games, their inability to secure results against their relegation rivals hugely contributed to them finishing in the bottom three. Spurs have won four out of their last five games and eleven out of their last twelve. This is a significant improvement on last season when they failed to win any of their last four league games.
In the last few weeks Marco Silva has been changing his formation, partly to try and find a winning formula and to cover various injuries. He likes to play with width and use a counter attacking style, this could work in their favour against Spurs who will dominate possession. To highlight Hull’s struggles Robert Snodgrass is their top scorer and assist maker this season, he left the club in January. They have kept just five clean sheets and concede on average 1.97 goals per game. They could be in for a difficult afternoon with Spurs averaging 2.14 goals a game and concede on average just 0.97 goals per game. Spurs go between a 4-2-3-1 and a 3-4-2-1 formation, both have been successful and depend on personnel available. Spurs have lost just four games this season which is the least amount by any side in the Premier League. Although they don’t have the best record on away matches on the final day of the season, they have lost six of their last eight.
Hull lost away to Crystal Palace 4-0, which was the final nail in their Premier League coffin. Marco Silva has said he “wants the players to play with motivation to end the season well in front of our own fans”. This could be his goodbye with speculation over his positon as Hull manager, after expressing his wish to continue to manage in the Premier League. Spurs posted their biggest win of the season away to Leicester City, wining 6-1. A brace from Son and four goals from Harry Kane put last year’s Champions to the sword. Kane’s goals put him in pole positon for the golden boot award, he would be the fifth player to win the award in successive seasons. Son’s two goals gave him 14 league goals for the season, 10 more than he managed last season in just five games more. Spurs will spend next season at Wembley, while their new stadium is being built. They will hope for the continuation of improvements made in the league this season, and go for the ultimate prize of Premier League Champions.
How the two sides may line-up:
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