Premier League: Liverpool v Hull City match preview
A look ahead to the New Year’s Day fixture at Anfield
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Sitting top of the tree at Christmas, Liverpool have endured a miserable festive period which has seen them drop to fifth – one place below local rivals Everton – after successive 2-1 defeats against two sets of blues, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Although Brendan Rodgers may have felt his side deserved to come away with something in either game, he would have been disappointed at his side’s inability to maintain their early lead as they went in 2-1 behind at the break in both matches.
Liverpool will be looking to get their title challenge back on track and win their seventh successive home league game as they welcome a buoyant Hull side who registered their first league win since victory over their opponents at the beginning of December with a 6-0 demolition of Fulham.
That win moved Hull up to tenth in the table as they extended the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to seven points. Steve Bruce may persist with the same side that beat the Cottagers as the game on New Year’s Day may come as a game too soon for top scorer Robbie Brady (3) who is still sidelined with a groin injury.
Luis Suarez will be aiming to get on the score sheet for the first time in three games and carry on his superb form of 2013, in which he scored 29 goals in 27 league games, into the New Year.
KICK-OFF: New Year's Day, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Hull 3 (Livermore, Meyler, Skrtel OG) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard), Premier League, December 2013
Hull 0 Liverpool 0, Premier League, May 2010
Liverpool 6 (Torres 3, Gerrard, Babel 2) Hull 1 (Geovanni), Premier League, September 2009
Liverpool have not started the New Year in the top four since the 2008/09 season.
The Reds have hit the woodwork 16 times this season which is more than other Premier League team.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored at least three goals in their last six home Premier League matches.
Hull have failed to win in any of their last six away matches in the Premier League.
Tom Huddlestone’s goal against Fulham was his first Premier League goal for 32 months.
Liverpool to win: 1.28
Hull to win: 10.0
TV: Highlights on BBC 1 at 10.50pm
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