Drew Robertson

Premier League Preview: Hull City vs. Liverpool

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  • Hull has won one of its 19 games vs. Liverpool
  • Liverpool has taken just four points from their last four games
  • Hull has the second worst home record in the PL (16 points won)

On Tuesday Hull City host Liverpool (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) at the KC Stadium as the Tigers continued their battle against relegation.

Steve Bruce’s side secured their first win in seven games away at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and that victory was much needed as they face Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United in four of their last five games. Hull sit just one point above the relegation zone heading into this one.

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As for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ side are in fifth, seven points off fourth-placed Man United, but a win on Tuesday (their game in hand) will leave them just four points behind the Red Devils with four games to go. The Reds’ draw at West Brom last weekend could prove costly when all is said and done at the end of the season.

In team news Hull could welcome back Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Diame, while Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva.

What they’re saying

Rodgers on Liverpool’s top four hopes: “Manchester United have a clear advantage but we can only affect that by winning our games. We need to do that starting at Hull. Man United play West Brom at the weekend and we’ve seen how difficult it is to play against Tony Pulis’ team. We can only focus on ourselves. Last year showed that lots of changes can take place in the final five matches.”

Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper: “The win on Saturday will give everybody a lift, including the supporters who were brilliant for us down at Palace. If we can pack the KC on Tuesday night we’ll certainly give Liverpool a game. Saturday’s win has given us a platform, but that game has gone now and we’re ready to go again on Tuesday night.”

Prediction

Hull will try to keep things tight and if they can score early on, they may well shock Liverpool. The Reds continue to struggle for goals and they lost 3-1 on their last trip to the KC Stadium. I’m going for a lively and entertaining 2-2 draw, which helps neither side.

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Hull City bothered Chelsea all day up and down the pitch, but a pair of early goals for the Blues and a goalkeeping mistake down the stretch did the Tigers in as Loic Remy’s winner gave the league leaders all three points at the KC Stadium.

Eden Hazard converted a blistering start into an early lead for the Blues as Diego Costa touched to the Belgian before crumbling to the ground, and Hazard did the rest, cutting up the Hull back line and firing past Allan McGregor from outside the box.

Hull nearly responded just four minutes later. Abel Hernandez found himself in on goal one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, but the Belgian ‘keeper stoned his shot with an impressive save.

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The home side would rue that miss, as Chelsea would double their lead inside 10 minutes and cap a flying start. It looked all too easy for Diego Costa, who sauntered up the left side and cut into the box before chipping an effort into the top corner from a tight angle.

Hull continued to attack as Chelsea looked porous at the back. They’d pull one back in front of the home crowd before the half-hour mark as Andrew Robertson impressively burst down the left edge, splitting defenders on the way. The 21-year-old crossed to Ahmed Elmohamady who powered it home past Courtois, producing an emphatic fist-pump from Steve Bruce.

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They’d storm all the way back level just moments later on a rare mistake from Chelsea’s young goalkeeper.

The home side continued to bomb forward and trouble the league leaders. They held much of the possession the rest of the way through the first half. They remained dangerous in the second half, and while Diego Costa was a threat for Chelsea, they again needed Courtois to come up big. Just past the hour mark, Courtois made a strong triple-save on shots from Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, and Gaston Ramirez before shouting emphatically.

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Chelsea would repay Courtois’s hard work with yet another lead. Substitute Loic Remy, who came on just a minute earlier, got a cross from Willian from point blank range, and while his weak strike was initially stopped by McGregor’s legs on the dive, the ball squirted under his body and into the net.

Hull City remained dangerous and controlled the midfield, as they did all game, but couldn’t find a final product.

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The win for Chelsea restores their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Hull remains just three points above the relegation zone.

LINEUPS

Hull City: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson (Aluko 81′), Meyler (Quinn 80′), Livermore, Ramírez (Brady 80′), Hernández, N’Doye.

Goals: Elmohamady 26′, Hernandez 28′

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires (Oscar 61′), Willian (Zouma 80′), Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy 75′).

Goals: Hazard 2′, Costa 10′, Remy 77′