Three reasons why Hull City will avoid relegation

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Hull City's relegation-threatened season seems to have finally got kick-started after two wins in their previous three fixtures over the Christmas period.

However, there is still plenty of work to do for Steve Bruce and his men if they want to maintain their Premier League status come the end of the season.

Here we will give you a rundown of three reasons why the Tigers can avoid the drop in May.

Perfect partnership

Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic have rarely started alongside each other this season for Hull and that could explain why the Tigers have such an urgent need for goals. The return of the strikeforce against Everton on Sunday could justify a superb 2-0 victory as the duo added plenty of creativity into the side; something that hasn't been seen for a long time.

But before their pride-filled triumph against the Toffees, the last time the duo started together was the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on October 4 when things were a little more settled and comfortable at the KC Stadium.

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But Nikica Jelavic was injured during the warm up leading up to the Arsenal game on October 18 and upon his return six weeks later, Abel Hernandez had to jet off to Uruguay on paternity leave where he missed out on two vital games.

It has taken Steve Bruce a while to gather the confidence to throw the pair back into the equation but it was certainly a risk that paid off for the former Sunderland boss as both Jelavic and Hernandez played huge roles in the 2-0 win against Everton, arguably inspiring the Tigers to glory.

If these two continue to deputise up top and remain injury free, Hull will start to see the goals flowing in once again just as they did at the start of the season when they sat comfortably in the top half of the table.

Transfer window

The transfer window opened on Saturday morning and Steve Bruce will be licking his lips at the availability of certain players for the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Aaron Lennon who the club have been heavily linked with in recent weeks.

The ex-Manchester United defender certainly knows what he is doing when it comes down to transfers. During his reign at the Stadium of Light, he lured Asamoah Gyan, Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck which proved to be a miracle for the Black Cats and it is thought that the Geordie will be on the prowl for a third forward in the hope to emulate a similar threat as the one his side posed in the 2010/11 season.

Whilst Hull have not been linked to any strikers, Adnan Januzaj is in the frame for a move to East Yorkshire with French club Paris Saint-Germain also sniffing around the wonderkid.

Whoever Bruce prizes to the club, it is guaranteed that he will be a superstar because the 54-year-old simply does not waste money.

Dependable defence

One area that Bruce certainly should have no worries about is his defence. Whilst the Tigers may have lost nine games this season, they have only conceded 26 goals which is one more than Arsenal and one less than Tottenham Hotspur; two sides battling for Champions League football next year.

The signings of Michael Dawson and Andrew Robertson for bargain fees only bolstered the already magnificent back line that the club had which also included players for the likes of Curtis Davies, James Chester and Alex Bruce.

If the defenders carry on performing in the manner that they are at this current stage, they should have no worries about being relegated. 

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