Hull City v Stoke City – tired Tigers can be tamed by Potters
Steve Bruce hoping to sign Jordan Rhodes to solve their striker issues
August 22nd, 2014
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Hull City have to be opposed for Sunday’s match against Stoke City, with several negatives against the Tigers, not least that they are currently short of firepower.
Steve Bruce admitted that the offer from Southampton for Shane Long was too good to turn down, although it means that Hull are now hoping to recruit Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn before the transfer window closes.
Rhodes won’t be arriving ahead of Sunday’s match and Hull look opposable at 6/4 to win this game, especially after Thursday’s match in Belgium which saw them lose 1-0 against Lokeren.
While Bruce claims that they can turn things around next week, they will be missing Robert Snodgrass for the majority of the season, with the manager bemoaning the bad luck that has beset the club.
Bruce said: “We’re trying to add to the squad as we know we have to – we’ve lost two big players in the last week.
“We didn’t envisage losing Snodgrass for six months, which is a big blow for us because he was brought in to give us that little bit of quality in the midfield area and it’s been a huge blow for us over the weekend. We’ve got 10 or 12 days to try to bring in a replacement, and two or three offers went out in the last 24 to 48 hours.”
Stoke are a 23/10 chance to win this game with BetVictor and there are any kind of ways to support Mark Hughes’ team at the KC Stadium.
Ladbrokes offer an excellent 5/4 about the Potters on the Draw No Bet market, with the manager looking for an improvement after losing their opening match against Aston Villa.
Hughes said: “The defeat by Villa is a wake-up call because there was a lot of expectation and maybe that’s been tempered somewhat. Maybe that’s no bad thing because we know it’s a season where we’re going to have to work hard. As a group we’ve never denied that, but we need to be better than we were.
“I thought it was important that we got [the new faces] some game time, certainly for Bojan because he’s not been exposed to the Premier League.
“I thought he showed glimpses in certain situations where he can show his quality.
“We need to be able to find him in those areas on more occasions than we were able to. As the season progresses, we certainly think that’s what’s going to happen.
“In this early period we’ll have to make sure that he plays in the right games against the right opposition and we get the best out of him. It was important that he just got game time and he’ll be better for it.”
BETTING TIP: Stoke City to win @ 23/10 with BetVictor.