Premier League Preview: Hull City vs. Swansea City

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  • Tigers won 2-0 on Aug. 20
  • Then again in FA Cup
  • Swans lead all-time 30W-16D-27L

Will Swansea City’s improved form could help it shake a three-match losing streak against Hull City when the two sides meet at the KCOM Stadium on Friday (Watch live at 10 a.m. EDT on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com)?

Swans have won three of five, with their only losses coming to Manchester City and Chelsea. They’ve also a relegation six-pointer in that mix, topping Leicester City.

Hull’s looked much better as of late, but is four points back of safety and six points behind 16th place Swansea. Its 3-1 loss to Leicester last week has it just two points ahead of 20th.

Both sides had midseason shakeups on the bench as Paul Clement replaced Bob Bradley (who has replaced Francesco Guidolin) at Swansea City, while Marco Silva took over for Mike Phelan.

What they’re saying

Hull’s Lazar Markovic, on loan from Liverpool“It’s so good to be in the Premier League again. It’s the strongest league in the world and I’m very happy to be back. It is also correct that I have unfinished business here in England and the Premier League. That is one of the reason why I am back here, along with wanting to help this club achieve what it deserves – to stay in this league.”

Paul Clement on Swans’ goals for season“Our target is to finish 17th or above, nothing more than that. It’s still very close at the bottom. At any time the gaps (between teams) can change, both for us and against us. We have a little advantage in the table over Hull at the moment, but it’s not much. When you look at their statistics and ours – possession, shots, shots on target, crosses – the two teams are very similar, and I expect a very good game of football.”

Prediction

It’ll be a tricky go for Swans at the KCOM. Look for each side to strike in a 1-1 draw.