Hull have scored only one first-half goal in their last seven matches.
Hull v Stoke - Saturday 15:00
Hull are quickly descending into freefall having lost five of their last six matches, their only point gathered in this sequence against fellow promoted side Burnley. The capitulation to Bournemouth means they have now conceded 17 goals in their last four games, only scoring three themselves. The introduction of Premier League debutant Harry Maguire to the defence backfired as he consistently lost possession in dangerous areas, whilst Ahmed El Mohamady was constantly bypassed by Jordan Ibe, even if he did offer something in attack.
Stoke are now unbeaten in their last three matches after recording their first victory of the season against Sunderland. Mark Hughes will hope the result can kick-start their season, especially given they don’t have to play one of the elite teams of the division until they face Arsenal in December. The big tactical switch over the last couple of games has been the position of Joe Allen, who has been pushed further forward and the end result has been four goals in three matches for the diminutive Welshman, whose spatial awareness gets him into good positions.
Hull have scored only one first-half goal in their last seven matches and have trailed at both half-time and full-time in three of their last four. They’ve also lost the second-half in each of their last four, and given Stoke’s upturn in form we think that is likely to continue here. Stoke/Stoke Half Time/Full Time can be backed at 4.33.