With Hull just one point and place above Sunderland, who are both hovering just above the drop zone, this will be a vital, must not lose fixture for either side.
Sunderland won their appeal to have Wes Brown’s red card overturned when, clearly, it was John O’Shea who committed the foul Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao. He could now feature to steady the Sunderland back line, who had looked fairly comfortable before the resulting penalty at old Trafford.
Hull have their own issues, not only the fact they lost 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium, but that they only managed a single shot on goal, in game which they would have thought going into it, they could get a point out of, having won their previous two matches.
Steve Bruce, once the manager of Sunderland, has won all four matches he has played against his former side, and a victory for Hull could just bring the momentum they need to pull away from danger.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Sunderland 1 (Johnson) Hull 3 (Ramirez, Chester, Jelavic), December 2014
Hull 3 (Davies, Meyler, Fryatt) Sunderland 0 March 2014 – FA Cup
Sunderland 0 Hull 2 (Long, Jelavic) February 2014
Hull have beaten Sunderland in their last four games in all competitions.
However, the Black Cats are ahead overall, winning half their meetings in all competitions (W19 D5 L14)
As Sunderland manager, Hull’s boss Steve Bruce managed 98 games, winning 28, drawing 29 and losing 41.
Hull have won 4 of their last ten matches (D1 L5) while Sunderland have just one solitary win in the same time span (D3 L6)
Hull managed just one shot in their last Premiership game, a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Sunderland have drawn more games than any other side and have scored the second lowest amount of goals (only Aston Villa have scored less).
Hull to win: 2.15
Sunderland to win: 4.1
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