Sunderland should be all fired up to welcome Hull to the Stadium of Light after beating northern rivals Newcastle 3-0 at St James' Park. The Black Cats have seen a dramatic change in fortunes of late and they have lost only once in their last eight matches, the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford which took them to the Capital One Cup final after penalties.
Since their 6-0 win against Fulham on September the 28th, Hull have not won in the Premier League. After defeats to Liverpool, Chelsea, Norwich and Crystal Palace they Steve Bruce's men got a welcome draw against Tottenham and will look to build on that at Sunderland.
The teams are equal on 24 points, just two points from the relegation zone and will both be desperate to get something from the game.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Hull 1 (Cuellar OG) Sunderland 0, Premier League, November 2013
Hull 0 Sunderland 1 (Bent), Premier League, April 2010
Sunderland 4 (Bent 2, Zayatte OG, Reid) Hull 1 (Zayatte), Premier League, September 2009
This weekend's Premier League statistical head-to-heads
The last two time the clubs have met four players have been sent off, three for Sunderland and one for Hull.
Of these four players, the player sent off for Hull is current Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.
Sunderland have three wins and one draw in their last four Premier League games.
Former England winger Adam Johnson has scored in all four of those games.
While Hull's home record ranks eight in the league, their away form ranks nineteenth.
Sunderland to win: 2.26
Hull to win: 4.1
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