The term “must win game” is banded around a lot in football these days. It’s right up there with “relegation 6 pointer” as the go to line of any football commentator introducing a match involving a team close to the bottom of the table at the dying stages of the season. This really is a must win game though for Marco Silva’s Hull City side. While a loss to already relegated Sunderland will by no means be the end of the relegation scrap, it may go a long way to ensuring it’s the Tigers and not the Swans that join the Black Cats in the Championship next season.
The players will be confident of a victory though despite the intense pressure of the game. Hull have looked formidable under Marco Silva who remains yet to taste defeat at home since 2014. Silva has guided his team to 7 wins and a draw from 8 Premier League home games which has gone a long way to give Hull the advantage over Swansea with 3 games to go. The attacking players for Hull are finding it easy to score goals at home which will spell trouble for Sunderland’s defence who have been very poor this season.
Everything points towards a Hull win which would be so important and would put another nail in Swansea’s coffin. It will be interesting to see how hard Sunderland are willing to fight as they are already relegated. They may play for pride and give Hull a game and this is the scenario Marco Silva will be preparing his side for. In reality though Hull fans will be cautiously optimistic of another three points at fortress KCOM. They have played very well at home in recent games as they were far too good for Watford even with ten men last time out. The attacking players are clicking at home and this was epitomised by Lazar Markovic’s goal against Watford as he finished a glorious team counter attack. Play football like that again tomorrow and Sunderland won’t have an answer for them.
Team News: Marco Silva has no fresh injury concerns going into the Sunderland game. Dieumerci Mbokani is in contention after two games out with a hamstring problem, while Omar Elabdellaoui has overcome a back injury but is lacking match fitness so he may not feature.
Sebastian Larsson returns for the visitors after a three game suspension but Sunderland do have several injury doubts namely, Billy Jones, Jason Denayer, Jack Rodwell, Darron Gibson and Lee Cattermole
Gamebreaker?: What do Christian Eriksen, Eden Hazard, Dele Alli, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke have in common? They were all beaten to the PFA Player of the month for April award by Kamil Grosicki. The Polish winger gained well over half of the vote and with good reason as he has been excellent recently. He provides pace and guile on the wing and his delivery into the box can be excellent as Watford discovered recently. If he plays like he has been doing recently the Sunderland defence will struggle to cope and the City strikers could have a field day feeding off service from Grosicki.
Rivals View: Swansea are also at home tomorrow so they will also be looking for three points. On paper they have a much tougher task than City as they face Everton. Everton are excellent at home but not so good on the road so after getting a positive result at Old Trafford last week Paul Clement will be confident of a win. Hull have to be wary of that and take care of their own business by getting a win against Sunderland.