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Hull v Liverpool: Match preview

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Two teams in need of a good result will lock horns on Sunday as Hull City host Liverpool at the KC Stadium.

Hull are currently having troubles both on and off the pitch, having only won one of their last five games - with their most recent defeat coming in a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to strugglers Crystal Palace - while protests are taking place over plans to rename the club the Hull City Tigers.

As for Liverpool, they too have lost some of the momentum they had earlier in the season. While their results at Anfield are still pleasing, they have not won away since beating Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light back in September.

Hull's recent poor spell comes after a relatively healthy start to their return to the top flight. The marquee result for them was a 3-2 triumph at St. James' Park against Newcastle.

However, following recent losses to Tottenham and Everton as well as games against Arsenal and a tricky visit to Swansea after the Liverpool game, Steve Bruce's men will need to start finding better results against better teams.

For Liverpool, they seem to have two weaknesses: set plays and second half performances. 75% of the Reds' goals have come in the first 45 minutes of games while 69% of goals conceded have come in the final 45 minutes.

As I mentioned, set plays have been the big killer for Liverpool with the defence of corners and free kicks being the area of most concern for what has been a decent season so far for the team. 

As for potential line-ups for both teams, Hull are without striker Sone Aluko until January with an achilles injury while Liverpool are without Jose Enrique until February after he underwent knee surgery.

For Hull, the big issue has been scoring goals and they have just 12 in the league this season from their opening 12 games. Robbie Brady is the team's top goalscorer so far with four and Yannick Sagbo is the only other player to have scored more than once.

Their biggest attacking threat comes from George Boyd. Powering through the midfield, he will be the man the Liverpool defence will have to keep an eye on.

As for the Reds, again it will come down to which formation they choose. Daniel Sturridge's fitness is still unclear, however Luis Suarez will be ready to spearhead the Liverpool attack. Jon Flanagan will likely keep his place a right-back after a strong display in the Merseyside derby last weekend.

In many ways, these kind of games can be dangerous for a top team. No doubt newly-promoted Hull will have plenty of motivation going into the game and with Liverpool's weaknesses quite clear, they will know where to attack.

Despite that, however, I still believe Liverpool will have enough to claim all three points at the KC Stadium on Sunday. My prediction is Hull 1-3 Liverpool.

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