Hull City-Liverpool: EPL Preview

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IApril 24, 2009

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13:  Hull City Manager Phil Brown gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on December 13, 2008 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

This is the return fixture for the two clubs sitting at opposite ends of the table. Liverpool is battling it out for supremacy in the Premiership title race with Manchester United and Hull City is fighting tooth and nail for Premier League survival.

At Anfield in mid-December the game saw the Tigers take a deserved two goal lead only for the Reds to score two dubious goals to draw level from Steven Gerrard, and eventually tie the game at 2-2.

Officiating aside the Tigers looked like the only side to win the game in the opening 30 minutes until a clash of heads saw Paul McShane go off injured and Dean Marney come on. Bernard Mendy who was terrorising the poor over priced Dossena on the Liverpool left was forced to revert to the right back position vacated by McShane's departure.

This turned the game on its head. From the Tiger's rampant attacks it became a battle of attrition with wave after wave of attacks from the Red horde. However, it was two very poor decisions from the referee, Alan Wiley, that was to provide the talking points.

On two occasions Hull City's stalwart central defender Michael Turner was blatantly fouled to allow Gerrard the space to score and tie up the game.

The Hull City management team will be hoping that home field advantage will help the Tigers this weekend to battle for some much needed points in a relegation battle that is getting closer with each week.

The East Yorkshire outfit will be without the services of their influential skipper Ian Ashbee who will be serving the last game of his two game ban for ten yellow cards.

Rafa Benitez' Merseysiders will also be without their Captain Steven Gerrard for the game having sustained a groin strain that has kept him sidelined for the last few weeks and seen him miss out on their Champion's League Quarterfinal exit to Chelsea and Liverpool's 4-4 goal fest against Premiership rivals Arsenal earlier this week.