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Hull City set for Premier League return

Hull City could be promoted to the Premier League this weekend (©GettyImages)
Hull City could be promoted to the Premier League this weekend (©GettyImages).

Hull City could be a Premier League club once again if results in the Championship go their way this weekend.

Five years ago, the Tigers secured their place in the Premier League for the first time after beating Bristol City in a tense play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

And this Friday night, against the same set of opponents, Hull will have the opportunity to move a significant step closer to bringing top-flight football back to the KC Stadium.

A win for Hull would mean third-placed Watford would have to match their result in order to delay the Tigers’ promotion for at least another week - and even a draw could do it if the Hornets lose and fifth-placed Crystal Palace fail to win.

Hull’s first stint in the Premier League lasted just two seasons. Their first campaign ended in a dramatic final-day survival bid as, despite being top early in the season, they had to rely on Newcastle United and Middlesbrough losing their final games of the season to survive.

There was to be no great escape the second time around, however, as a 2-2 draw with escape-artists Wigan in the closing stages of the season confirmed their relegation back to the Championship.

However, if the Tigers can achieve promotion to the Premier League once again, the football club won’t be the only thing returning to the top-flight.

Steve Bruce was sacked as manager of Premier League Sunderland back in 2011 and is looking to get back to the top flight at the first attempt with his new club, who he joined at the start of this season.

Top-scorer Robert Koren is another man hoping to get back to the top-tier, after spending two seasons there with West Brom during the same period in which Hull were originally in the division.

The Tigers’ end of season form has hardly been sparkling. Two defeats in their last four games means their fans have had to wait for promotion.

But that will soon be forgotten if Hull start life next season back in the Premier League.

 

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