Victory over Liverpool will see Hull pull clear of peril before the crust is fixed to the relegation pie and a favourable batch of statistics say the Tigers will do the business.
A 2-0 win at Crystal Palace saw Steve Bruce’s troops move a point clear of danger and a snaring of the spoils against a beleaguered Reds outfit will put four between them and 18th-place Sunderland.
The Black Cats will have a game in hand after tonight, but applying such amounts of pressure at this stage could prove decisive in what is sure to be a close-fought scrap for survival.
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Hull have started scoring in braces at home.
Three of the Tigers’ last four outings at the KC have resulted in them finding the net exactly twice.
Teams as mighty as Chelsea weren’t able to resist Hull’s new-found habit, while feeble foes by contrast QPR and Aston Villa were also implicated.
Their recent triumph at Palace also saw them bag bang on two.
Liverpool are struggling for goals.
A chronic lack of firepower has resulted in the Reds failing to score more than once in seven of their last eight games.
When they last faced the Hull defence they were unable to find the net as the Yorkshire outfit ground out a goalless draw at Anfield.
A similarly pragmatic approach is sure to hamper the travelling party’s ability to register multiple goals here and leave the Merseysiders prone to counter attacking.
Hull are unbeaten in three of their last four meetings with this opponent.
This run includes two clean sheets for Bruce’s side, as well as a 3-1 win at the KC.
With Liverpool distinctly out of form – they’ve prevailed in just two of their last six, one against Championship side Blackburn, the other versus hapless Newcastle – Hull stand every chance of improving this already respectable record.