Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be hoping for more of the same when facing Hull City at the KC Stadium after seeing his Stoke side overcome Chelsea 3-2 last time out.

The two clubs sit sandwiched in the table in 12th and 13th respectively separated by a mere point, with a win for either club potentially seeing them rise up to 10th if results went in their favour.

Steve Bruce saw his Hull side pick up a point at the Liberty Stadium in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Monday, a game which saw Danny Graham finally end his 11 month wait for a goal. Elsewhere the Potters will be hoping for another performance which saw them beat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, thanks to a last gasp goal from Oussama Assaidi.

Stoke will be pushing for their third away win of the season and face the prospect of back-to-back wins – a feat not achieved since August. However they face a Hull side heavily reliant on their home form thus far picking up 14 points from a possible 21.

Hull have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture with only Sone Aluko their long term absentee. Stoke could welcome back Dutch star Erik Pieters who has declared himself fit following a recent groin strain. Concerns surround the fitness of Asmir Begovic with Thomas Sorensen on standby for a recall to the team. Former Hull man Jonathan Walters will definitely miss the fixture through suspension as will Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth who are injured.

Published on December 13 2013 for FootballFanCast.

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