Tottenham struggled defensively in the previous match, losing 5-1 to the current leaders in the English Premier League table. In two matches against City, they have allowed 11 goals and scored only one.
Fortunately, things get easier against a Hull squad that dropped to 13th after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace. The club has now lost four EPL matches in a row without scoring a single goal in any of them.
Hull will hope that the inconsistent Spurs defense could create some opportunities to change that, while Tottenham will try to get back on track with a quality road victory in this important league match.
Who will win?
When: Saturday, Feb. 1
Where: KC Stadium, Hull, England
Time (U.S.): 10 a.m. ET
Time (U.K.): 3 p.m. GMT
Watch (U.S.): DirecTV Channel 491
Watch (U.K.): Unavailable on TV, Listen on Absolute Radio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds (via SkyBet): Tottenham (10-11), Hull (11-4), Draw (13-5)
Top Storyline: Will Hull Be Able to Score?
There have certainly been worse offenses in the league this season as Hull have scored 22 goals in 23 matches. This is better than or equal to seven other clubs in the EPL.
However, things have gone south in a hurry since their 6-0 win against Fulham. They have failed to score in four matches and have seen themselves drop from the top half of the table to only four points from the relegation zone.
As OptaJoe points out, Hull have not even been able to create many opportunities:
67 - Hull City have fired in the fewest shots on target of any team in the Barclays Premier League this season. Tame.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 28, 2014
Hull have made key additions during the transfer window in grabbing Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, but they both played against Crystal Palace and could not manage more than a few chances. It obviously will take some time for them to gel with their new teammates.
Tottenham might have struggled against Manchester City, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has nine clean sheets this year in 22 starts. He will make things difficult for Hull, along with the rest of the defense.
Prediction: Tottenham 1, Hull City 0
As disappointing as the recent loss was for Spurs, Tim Sherwood knew what he was up against. According to BBC Sport, the manager implied that his side had little chance of coming away with a victory:
They are the best team on the planet, certainly the best team in the Premier League. We've played the champions today.
It was difficult with level numbers, but once we were down to 10 it was over as a spectacle.
However, Tottenham have fared well against inferior opponents, only losing one match to a club currently on the bottom half of the table. That came in early October against West Ham United.
Meanwhile, they have also been spectacular on the road with eight wins and a draw in 11 matches. They certainly will not be intimidated going into KC Stadium against an out-of-form opponent.
The match might not be pretty, but Tottenham will do what it takes to come away with a necessary victory to stay in contention for a top-four spot.
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