It’s crunch time for Hull City. The Premier League scriptwriters have been at it again this season and the relegation battle seems to be going perfectly to their script.
Two teams battling it out to stay in the best league in the world with just five games to go. Hull hold a slight two point advantage over the Swans but that will be of little comfort to Marco Silva who knows the battle may well go down to the final game of the season against in-form Tottenham. He will be looking to pick up as many points as possible as quickly as possible to kill off the Welsh side.
Saturday represents one of City’s most realistic chances of picking up three points in their final five games. They welcome Watford to the KCOM Stadium looking to continue their remarkable run at home under Marco Silva. They are yet to taste defeat in all competitions at the KCOM since Silva took over as he continues his remarkable personal record at home as a manager.
City have won their last three home league games but after recently beating West Ham and Middlesbrough they come into tomorrow’s game on the back of two 3-1 defeats away at Manchester City and Stoke.
Watford sit comfortably in mid table with three wins in their last four games taking them to the magic 40 point mark to ensure survival. They have lost their last three away games though and they may represent the perfect opponent for City because they may be guilty of being “on the beach” as they have little left to play for in their final few games. If The Hornets are not 100% at it Hull must capitalise on that in order to secure another priceless three points In their bid for survival.
Ahead of the game Silva has spoken about the pressure his side are under and how they have to embrace the pressure and not wilt under it,
“It is another important game on Saturday – another chance for us to take points on home soil,” he said. “It is normal pressure – big pressure, yes, but all the teams have pressure. It is important you feel comfortable with the pressure, I feel my players are ready for the fight on Saturday.”
The manager will be hoping his players deal with the pressure which can do funny things to players at this stage of the season. There is so much at stake that any mistake is magnified but the players will be confident of another win because they have proven they can take on and beat anyone at the KCOM.
Team News: City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game which is a bonus for Silva. Only Omar Elabdellaoui is injured with Dieumerci Mbokani in contention to start after missing the last 6 weeks through injury before coming off the bench last week.
Watford are without Craig Cathcart but Miguel Britos returns after serving a suspension last week vs Swansea.
Relegation Rival: Swansea are at home to Stoke tomorrow. Like City this is a game The Swans will be targeting for a win as Stoke are also comfortably in mid table like Watford. As City found out last week though they have plenty of quality in their side and Swansea’s fragile defence may well concede to the likes of Marko Arnautović who scored against Hull last week.