In an intriguing clash between two sides vying for a place in the Championship play-offs this season, Sunderland face Hull City at the Stadium of Light on Friday night.
In recent weeks, both of these teams have seen their efforts to get into the top-six suffer a little bith with some dodgy results, and they will see this game as a possible springboard to get them back on track.
It would be fair to say that Sunderland fans are yet to completely warm to manager Michael Beale who replaced popular boss Tony Mowbray in December.
That 3-0 defeat against arch-rivals Newcastle United in the FA Cup coupled with a 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town in their most recent outing has certainly contributed towards the negative feeling towards Beale among the fanbase with some already calling for him to go.
He could really do with a result here to win back some of the early naysayers and will be hoping that the home advantage that can help them to a very welcome three points.
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Sunderland v Hull City
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DEC 2023 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 0-1 Sunderland
APR 2023 CHAMPIONSHIP Sunderland 4-4 Hull
DEC 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 1-1 Sunderland
APR 2021 LEAGUE ONE Hull 2-2 Sunderland
JAN 2021 LEAGUE ONE Sunderland 1-1 Hull
SEP 2020 EFL CUP Sunderland 0-0 Hull
JAN 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP Sunderland 1-0 Hull
SEP 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Sunderland 1-0 Hull
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Hull 0-2 Sunderland
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 3-0 Hull
On the whole, it has been a bright first half of the season for Hull City with Liam Rosenior transforming the Tigers from relegation strugglers to play-off candidates in just over a year at the club.
However, in recent weeks, Hull have hit a blip with Rosenior’s side winning just one of their last five league fixtures. Their most recent outing was a 2-1 defeat to Mowbray’s Birmingham City at St Andrews’.
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They still find themselves in a strong position though, just one point outside the play-off positions, and would drag themselves back into that top-six with a victory on Friday night.
I have a sneaky feeling as well that Hull might get a result as well. Since Beale was appointed at Sunderland, the atmosphere hasn’t beeb good and I can see the fans getting restless if things go awry early on. At 20/21 with starsports.bet, I like the look of a Hull-draw double chance bet.
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