Hull City vs Tottenham: Premier League match preview

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An uncharacteristic defeat at the hands of Burnley in their last outing may lead Steve Bruce to make countless changes to his side ahead of the visit from Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, who may have to transform completely in order to turn their under-performing status on it's head.

Bruce was infuriated by the Tigers' 1-0 loss to Burnley before the international break, and his anger led him to label his players as "big time Charlie's" after criticising the team of making their worst performance since his managerial stint began at the KC Stadium in 2012.

But, the Geordie boss will be boosted by the fact that a handful of his players are set to return from long term injuries. Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic will make their comeback after picking up knocks in October against Arsenal, while Allan McGregor will be back in between the posts for the first time since Hull's 4-2 throbbing against Manchester City in late September.

Curtis Davies tried a spectacular overhead volley in a desperate attempt to find an equaliser at Turf Moor two weeks ago, but failed, and in doing so injured his back. However, the 29-year-old is expected to feature in Bruce's starting line-up on Sunday.

Pochettino will have to replace the injured Andros Townsend with an improving Erik Lamela, while the other Eric, Dier, is expected to be used at right-back to replace the suspended Kyle Naughton. 

Due to Tottenham's weak form of late, Pochettino may have to make a bunch of changes in order to change the system to fuel better results for the North London side. In a press conference on Thursday, the Argentine refused to name a handful of player who are "fitness doubts" ahead of the trip to East Yorkshire on Sunday.

"We are concerned about a few players who seem unfit so we shall persistently observe them as the game approaches," he confirmed to reporters.

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