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Hull City vs Watford: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Hull City will host mid-table Watford at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to earn a valuable three points to stretch the gap between themselves and the relegation places.

Currently only two points above Swansea City with six games left to play in the Premier League season, victory for Hull could see the gap increase to five points if the Swans lose away at Stoke.

Watford, on the other hand, have comfortably made their way to 10th place in the table after a mid-season dip in form and have little to play for over the course of the remainder of the campaign.

Read on to see The Boot Room’s comprehensive preview of a must-win tie for Hull City.

Recent Form

Hull City have been a fairly astonishing tale of two-halves this season; excellent at home since the arrival of Marco Silva, but struggling to pick up results away from the KCOM Stadium.

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Since victory over Swansea back in August, the Tigers haven’t won a single away match in 16 attempts – losing 14 of these – and it’s this form that has dragged them into a relegation battle.

Their home form couldn’t be more of a polar opposite, with Hull unbeaten in their last seven matches in a run that has included huge victories against rivals Swansea and Middlesbrough at the bottom.

Watford have struggled for consistency this season despite their mid-table position at present, winning five and losing four of their previous ten games in the Premier League.

Wins over Arsenal and West Brom have been mixed with defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, Southampton and a thrashing at the hands of Tottenham in an erratic season at Vicarage Road.

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For the hosts, Uruguayan forward Abel Hernandez could be in line to start up front alongside Oumar Niasse in a more attacking starting eleven against Watford.

In the only other predicted change, Ahmed Elmohamady could replace Michael Dawson in the Hull defence in an attacking move, with Andrea Ranocchia moving inside to partner Harry Maguire.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri could be set to name an unchanged eleven from the side that saw off relegation-strugglers Swansea City last weekend, with Valon Behrami on the bench.

Predicted Line-Ups

Match Prediction: Hull City 2-1 Watford

With only one loss in their previous eleven Premier League matches at the KCOM Stadium this season – including three consecutive victories – Hull will be confident of another win over Watford.

Despite losing a bit of momentum in their fight for survival after successive defeats to Manchester City and Stoke, Marco Silva’s side are still in pole position and should have too much for the Hornets.

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Having said that, Watford have beaten Arsenal on the road this season, and with Troy Deeney in decent goal-scoring form they could still pose a danger in the Hull City final third.

Yet with Tottenham and Southampton still to play in the run-in, Silva would have outlined this match as a must-win encounter, and with the KCOM crowd behind them, it’s hard to bet against a Hull City victory.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @willypearson.

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Jack Colback linked to Sunderland and Hull City – what would he add?

Jake Jackman

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Colback

Jack Colback is available to leave Newcastle United on transfer deadline day and there is a lot of interest from the Championship. Rafa Benitez is keen to trim the wage bill and the midfielder will be one that he hopes to see leave St James’ Park on deadline day. Lee Ryder from the Chronicle tweeted that a deal couldn’t be reached with Wolves, but Hull City were still interested in the 27-year-old. Sunderland have also been linked.

It would be a remarkable move if he was to move back to Sunderland. There was a lot of bad blood when he moved to Newcastle and it would be difficult to see the supporters getting behind him again. The problem for Championship clubs is that Colback has high wages. They would need the Magpies to pay a significant portion of those to make a move possible. His options have been narrowed by his preference to stay in the north and it will be interesting to see if a destination can be found for him before the deadline.

What would he add?

The midfielder has lots of Premier League experience and would be a good addition to most squads in the Championship. He played an important role for Newcastle last season as they achieved promotion, which means he knows how to succeed in the division. The 27-year-old has high work rate and is a determined player in the middle of the park, who provides good protection for the back four. Last season, he averaged 3.4 ball recoveries per game and didn’t back away from the battle in the second tier.

Colback was once a good box-to-box midfielder, who could contribute in both halves of the pitch. His energy is a real asset that allows him to get up and down the pitch, but he has lost confidence in his attacking attributes. Last season, he didn’t score and only contributed one assist. Considering he played regularly in a team that won the division, this is a disappointment. It could be that he was held back by the role he was asked to play. A fresh start could be exactly what he needs to get back to his best.

Is a move likely?

It seems like Colback doesn’t have a future at Newcastle and they will be keen to offload him in whatever way they can. A loan deal looks likely, but it would be a surprise if he was to join Sunderland. It would be a risky move from them and one that would upset the supporters. They surely won’t take that gamble. Hull City need more players and the midfielder would be a good replacement for Sam Clucas.

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A loan move to the Championship is likely. It would be a surprise if he joined Sunderland, with Hull City being the more likely destination of the two.
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How Twitter reacted to Swansea City signing Sam Clucas from Hull City

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Clucas

Swansea City have completed the signing of Sam Clucas from Hull City. Sky Sports report that the deal could be worth up to £16.5 million and that the player joins on a four-year contract. Burnley had previously had a bid turned down for the midfielder, which shows that there was other interest for the Swans to overcome.

The versatile player did well during his one season in the Premier League and proved that he was good enough for this level. He featured in all but one of Hull’s matches and was one of their better performers during the campaign. Clucas will be a good option to have in the Swansea squad as he can play a number of positions including central midfield and left wing. The following quotes from the 26-year-old were posted on the club’s website.

“I’ve seen a lot of Swansea and one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the way they play football. I think it suits me.”

“I had a bitter sweet season last year with relegation. Because of my playing background, I never thought I would play in the Premier League so I relished every game I played. From the first time I kicked a ball in the Premier League it was a dream come true.”

The appeal of the Premier League was huge and Clucas was keen to remain in the league after a strong showing last season. Swansea have been known as a team that plays a good style and that makes them an attractive club to join. After selling Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was important to sign some new players and the midfielder arrives to help replace the Icelandic international. He is a different type of player, but he provides an option in the middle of the park and should prove to be a good addition.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

The reaction from the Swansea fans was mixed:

Hull City fans wished him well, but felt the club got a good deal:

Although not all were sad to see him go:

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Could Burnley sign Hull City’s Sam Clucas during this transfer window?

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Clucas

Burnley have had a £10 million bid turned down for Sam Clucas by Hull City, according to Sky Sports. The Clarets have a long-standing interest in the player and had an initial offer rejected last week. The Tigers are keen to keep him at the club after losing several key players during the summer transfer window. However, the midfielder is keen on a return to the Premier League. He signed a new three-year contract at the KCOM Stadium last season and that has given his current club a strong negotiating position.

During the first two matches of the season, Clucas has played a big role for Hull and he could prove to be an important player for them as they attempt to bounce back at the first attempt. They won’t want to sell the midfielder, but if a bigger offer is submitted, it could be difficult for the club to turn down. They are a recently relegated club and the Assam family have already shown that they put finances above the needs of the team.

What would Clucas bring to Turf Moor?

Burnley started the season with a win and their team is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. Sean Dyche has shown himself to be very good at getting the best of his players. They will never play teams of the park, but they are disciplined and work hard for their manager. Clucas would fit into that nicely and add a touch of class to their midfield. He showed himself to be a good Premier League player for Hull and that is why he is keen to return to the top flight.

His versatility is appealing for Burnley as he would add competition across the pitch. Clucas is capable of playing as a central midfielder, left-back or left winger. The Hull player is adaptable and would be capable of carrying out a number of different roles in the team, depending on what was required for a particular match. Dyche already has a number of good midfield options, but the 26-year-old would be a decent signing if they can agree a fee for him.

How likely is a transfer?

Hull City have shown themselves to be a selling club during recent seasons, therefore it wouldn’t be a surprise if they did agree to sell Clucas to Burnley. He is one of their prized assets now and the Assam family could decide it is worth cashing in this window. The player wants a move and that always increases the likelihood of a deal going through. The 26-year-old did enough last season to earn a Premier League move. It has been a surprise that there isn’t more interest in him, but the Clarets would be a good fit.

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There is a good chance Hull decide to sell, but Burnley will have to increase their bid.
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