Hull vs Leicester match preview

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Steve Bruce won't know whether to be angry or delighted with the performance of James Chester in Hull City's Boxing Day clash with Sunderland. The former Manchester United defender scored a vital goal to put the visitors in front at the Stadium of Light but his yellow card will give his manager another tactical dilemma as he faces a one-match suspension.

That could (and should) lead the former Black Cats boss to play five at the back for the first time this season. Liam Rosenior's unmistakable performance in place of Andy Robertson means that he should keep his place forcing the Scotsman into a rare centre-back role alongside Alex Bruce and Curtis Davies whilst Ahmed Elmohammady should deputise on the right hand side.

Jake Livermore missed the crucial fixture through injury and is available, but after what can only be described as a thorough performance from the entire team on Friday, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder may find it hard to pave a way back into Bruce's plans whilst his midfield counterparts Tom Huddlestone and Mo Diame are still out.

Sunday's visit from Leicester will certainly be one of the more exciting games of the bunch as Nigel Pearson's travelling side are in search of their first win in 13 games.

The Foxes were unlucky to not get anything from their forceful display against Spurs on Boxing Day and so will transfer their desperate performance over to the KC Stadium meaning that Pearson will not be tweaking much in terms of his starting line-up.

Kasper Schmeichel remains injured with a broken metatarsal so Ben Hamer will deputise. 

Jamie Vardy picked up his fifth yellow card against Tottenham which could pave the way for a full return from the now fit David Nugent who was so vital towards Leicester's promotion last season with 20 goals.

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