Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Hull City: Tigers no control of destiny after loss

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Hull City have no chance at controlling their Premier League destiny after falling 2-0 to Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose scored second-half goals seven minutes apart as Tottenham kept pace with Southampton in the race for fifth.

Hull stays 18th, two points back of Newcastle in the race for safety. The Tigers are home to Manchester United next week, while the Magpies host West Ham.

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First Erik Lamela threaded a through ball to Chadli, who right-footed a finish past Steve Harper.

And Ryan Mason found Rose, who red-headed a ball home to increase the advantage.

The match saw only four shots on target, but Hull out attempted Spurs 13-10.

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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Stambouli, 79′); Chadli, Eriksen (Dembele, 58′), Lamela; Kane (Soldado, 90′).

Goal: Chadli (54′), Rose (61′)

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Meyler, Huddlestone (Robertson, 71′), Brady, McShane, Jelavic (Hernandez, 62′), Dawson, Elmohamady, N’Doye, Quinn.

Hull City 0-1 Burnley: Ings powers win, but Clarets headed for Championship; Tigers in drop zone

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Burnley’s latest Premier League ride will be over in two weeks, as the Clarets beat Hull City but saw a myriad of results go against them on Saturday.

Danny Ings’ 62nd minute goal gave the Clarets hope, but Burnley has no mathematical hope of catching any of the teams ahead of it in the race for 17th place.

Hull City drops into the relegation zone with its loss, now two points behind Newcastle United and Sunderland.

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It’s no surprise that Burnley came out hungry, eating up possession for most of the game’s first stanza.

Martin Atkinson opted to not give a penalty when Danny Ings went down in a maze of second-half bodies. It seemed like a Tigers defender took him down, but Ashley Barnes was there, too. No call.

But then, in the 62nd minute, a life line from Ings. Hull fluffed a clearing attempt and Ings was quick to slap a shot past Steve Harper.

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Hull City: Harper, Dawson, Chester, McShane (Jelavic, 56′), Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Livermore (Meyler, 56′), Quinn, Aluko (Hernandez, 66′), N’Doye.

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell (c), Duff, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Taylor; Barnes, Ings

Goal: Ings (62′)

Hull City 1-3 Arsenal: Gunners dominant in first half, cruise past Tigers

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Arsenal continued their quest for a second-place finish in the Premier League with a rousing performances away to Hull City on Monday, defeating the relegation-threatened Tigers, 3-1, at the KC Stadium.

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The game was well and truly over before the halftime whistle sounded, as Arsene Wenger’s side rode three first-half goals, scored by Alexis Sanchez (twice) and Aaron Ramsey, to a comfortable victory.

Sanchez’s free kick from 20 yards out took a severe deflection off a defender in the Hull City wall, sending the ball looping to the far post, dipping under the crossbar at the last moment and wrong-footing goalkeeper Steve Harper in the 28th minute.

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The score was 2-0 to Arsenal five minutes later after Santi Cazorla’s long ball over the top found Ramsey inside the penalty area, where Ramsey made a quick turn to elude the nearest defender and unleash a right-footed. That shot took a deflection as well, looping it toward the far post, which was completely uncovered by Harper, and into the back of the net.

Sanchez’s second was the prettiest of the bunch, as Ramsey’s splitting through ball unlocked the entirety of Hull’s defense, putting the Chilean in one on one with Harper, whom he easily rounded and slotted the ball into the empty net in first-half stoppage time.

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Hull pulled a goal back shortly after halftime through Stephen Quinn’s downward header, which eluded a fully outstretched David Ospina, of Ahmed Elmohamady’s deep cross.

As things stand now, Arsenal are level on points with Manchester City in second place (behind by two on goal differential), while Hull slump ever closer to 18th place and the final relegation spot (one point and seven goals ahead of Sunderland).

LINEUPS

Hull City: Harper, Dawson, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Livermore (Meyler 46′), Quinn (Jelavic 81′), Aluko (Robertson 65′), N’Doye

Goals: Quinn (56′)

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey (Wilshere 68′), Ozil, Alexis, Giroud (Walcott 86′)

Goals: Sanchez (28′, 45+1′), Ramsey (33′)

Hull City 1-0 Liverpool: Dawson header gives Hull City room to breathe

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The Tigers staved off Liverpool’s Champions League gasp as captain Michael Dawson’s first goal for his new club gave the home side a vital boost in the fight for Premier League survival at the KC Stadium.

Dawson nodded home a cross midway through the first half to propel Hull City four points above the relegation zone, leaving QPR, Burnley, Sunderland, Leicester City, and Aston Villa in their wake. Liverpool, meanwhile, owned over 70% of the possession and still couldn’t muster many clear-cut chances.

Liverpool fans were few and far between thanks to a ticket price protest, but on the field things shot off right away with both sides producing promising and free-flowing attacks. Mario Balotelli had a few early-minute spats with Tom Huddlestone, but it was Hull who would have the opening chance in the sixth minute, a point-blank header from Dame N’Doye directed straight at Simon Mignolet who kept it out.

Liverpool pushed forward, and Philippe Coutinho looked an engine in the attack. On a corner in the 19th minute, Coutinho latched onto a low driven corner and powered a shot on net that was well-saved Steve Harper. Balotelli had a chance minutes later and like only he could, hit a surprisingly powerful backheel that was unlucky to go straight at Harper.

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Hull down the other end forced a frantic double-save from Mignolet as the game continued to produce chances. With Hull on a spell of possession, they would take the lead after the half-hour mark. A cleared corner came out to Ahmed Elmohamady, and his cross met the head of Dawson who buried it into the corner past Mignolet for the lead.

Liverpool had a golden opportunity minutes later, but Jordan Henderson drove a great look right at Harper on 41 minutes. The Hull keeper stone-walled Henderson yet again after the break with the Liverpool midfielder unleashing a dangerous volley at the far post that forced a diving save. Brendan Rodgers brought on Rickie Lambert for Balotelli as the Italian seemed to fade, and Harper made a third off Henderson’s foot with 20 minutes to go.

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As Hull looked to kill off the game, Martin Skrtel came dangerously close to an own goal with 16 minutes to go looking to clear a Robbie Brady cross, but he headed it just wide and ended the threat. Needing a pair of goals to keep their Champions League hopes alive, Liverpool had little to offer a galvanized Hull side in the final quarter of an hour. Coutinho worked a ball to Raheem Sterling in the box with 8 minutes left but the youngster had only a weak shot to pick out.

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Liverpool’s failure to score effectively ends the Reds’ charge towards a Champions League spot, leaving them five points clear of the top four and unable to capitalize on two straight losses by Manchester United above them. Hull, meanwhile, earn themselves some breathing room at the bottom of the table with 34 points and owning a better goal differential than any of the five clubs below them.

LINEUPS:

Hull City: Harper, Dawson, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn (Ramirez 84′), Aluko, N’Doye (Rosenior 89′).

Goals: Dawson 37′

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren (Markovic 76′), Johnson, Allen, Henderson, Ibe (Lallana 65′), Sterling, Coutinho, Balotelli (Lambert 65′).

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.