UK time is: 16:10:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hull City vs. Stoke City

KC Stadium

8th November 2009

1.30pm

On Sky

Hull vs Stoke preview

Sunday lunchtime will see Stoke's first ever live televised away match since we arrived in the Premier League 15 months ago. Last season Sky seemed to have taken the view that the Potters were at their most entertaining at the Brit (at least for the neutral) and that was probably true with just two victories on our travels. So it's no coincidence that they've picked the one place where we've never been beaten and where we did pick up one of those rare three points on the road.

But there is someone else to spice up the fixture with the Tigers continuing their free-fall down the league having notched up only two wins so far this time around and Tango Man's job is well and truly on the line with the bean-counters forecasting financial disaster should Hull get relegated. But we all know that tigers are at their most dangerous when cornered so there should be nothing taken for granted.

Vital Quotes:

The disappointing draw last weekend against Wolves shows how far our expectations have risen in the past year and certainly Ryan Shawcross is hoping that the shock of losing a two goal lead will be just the wake-up call we needed:

'It was very disappointing to lose a two-goal lead because we were so comfortable in the first half, but there are lessons to be learnt from that and we will be doing our utmost to ensure that we don't concede goals like that again for some time.'

'The manager has drilled it into us all season, but we've spent some time working on the training ground this week following that setback.'

Hull City Team News:

Keeper, Boaz Myhill is injured leaving reserve keeper Matt Dyke between the posts for his second game. One of the Tigers' most influential players, Geovanni, is suspended after being sent off in their defeat at Burnley last week. Stoke loanee, Ibrahima Sonko is unable to play due to the rules banning players from playing against their home clubs.

Player to watch: Seyi Olofinjana

Whilst Sonko may not be available, Seyi will be playing in a gold and black shirt after his 3m move from the Brit at the start of the season. He's made eight starts in the League but is yet to score and is bound to be keen to show his old boss what he's been missing.

Stoke City Team News:

Mamady Sidibe is again a doubt after having to be brought off in the midweek reserve match after just six minutes with a groin problem. Robert Huth is back from suspension and likely to edge out Andy Wilkinson. Salif Diao is another doubt after missing last week with a calf injury.

Player to watch: Ab Faye

The Stoke skipper did not seem his usual reliable self last week, so we'll be on the look-out for a return to normal service for the trip to Hull

Match Facts & Stats

Who can forget Liam Lawrence's long range rocket at the KC back in May as we celebrated Premier League survival on the east coast with a 2-1 win?

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 22nd November: Portsmouth (home) kick-off 4pm * SKY TV *




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 7 2009

Time: 9:19PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Millwall loan deal for Wilkinson (Monday October 20 2014)

Butland joins Derby on loan (Monday October 20 2014)

Stats: Stoke City v Swansea City (Monday October 20 2014)

Moses set to be fit for Swansea (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. lloyd_17 8

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Stoke 2 - 1 Swansea
Sunderland 3 - 1 Stoke
Stoke 1 - 0 Newcastle
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Stoke
Stoke 0 - 1 Leicester City
Man City 0 - 1 Stoke

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11
10. Stoke 8 3 2 3 -1 11
11. Hull City 8 2 4 2 0 10
12. Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 -8 10
13. Everton 8 2 3 3 0 9

Breaking League News

Sanchez Now Ready To Be Relied Upon
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 16:06:00
Grealish Back To Nottingham?
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 15:59:00
Poll - Which Kick Off Times Do You Hate The Most?
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 15:00:00
Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Everton (Away)
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 14:00:00
Lambert Aug 2012 - Promises Of Attacking Football
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 14:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Swansea
Suggested By:  
Begovic 0%
Bardsley 0%
Shawcross 0%
Wilson 0%
Pieters 0%
Adam 75%
N'Zonzi 0%
Moses 0%
Ireland 0%
Diouf 0%
Crouch 0%
Cameron 25%
Walters 0%
Assaidi 0%