Hull seek to upset final-day specialists

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Hull may have spent the week hoping Sir Alex Ferguson fields a weakened team at the KC Stadium tomorrow as they try to preserve their top-flight status, but the Tigers' cause is not helped by the fact that Manchester United have the best final-day record of Premier League clubs.

The Red Devils have won 11 of 16 'last games', losing just two - 1-0 at home to West Ham two seasons ago and 3-1 at Tottenham in May 2001. Perhaps reassuringly for Phil Brown's side, and worryingly for Newcastle and Middlesbrough, United had already secured the title before the final day both times.

Hull have the poorest record of top-flight teams, winning just three matches in 16 seasons, all in lower divisions. Everton recorded a first final-day win in 12 seasons last year, but this Sunday visit Fulham, who have won five of seven final-day Premier League games, keeping clean sheets in all five.

Manchester City host Bolton seeking to end a run of three consecutive defeats, including last year's 8-1 pummelling at Middlesbrough.

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