By David Goulbourn

When: 10:00AM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Where: KCOM Stadium, Hull, England

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: NBC Sports App

 

Hull City (8-6-19) welcome Watford (11-7-14) to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday in a Premier League clash that sees the sides in 17th and 10th place go head to head. The last time these 2 sides met was in October at Vicarage Road when an own goal from Hull City defender Michael Dawson gifted Watford a 1-0 victory on that day. The result handed Hull City a sixth successive defeat as pressure continued to grow on manager Mike Phelan following his appointment at the start of the season.

Hull City come into this game sitting in 17th place in the table and are just 2 points ahead of Swansea City in the battle for relegation. The bottom 4 sides in the league are at risk of being cut adrift and Hull City now sit 5 points behind Bournemouth in 16th place. Manager Marco Silva knows that his side must get back to winning ways if they are to stay in the Premier League for a second season in a relegation battle that looks set to go right down to the wire. Watford currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League and manager Walter Mazzarri will be desperate to keep the club in the top half of the table in his debut season as manager, a feat the club has never achieved in the Premier League era.

Watford

Watford come into this game in inconsistent form having won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 games. Last time out they picked up a 1-0 win over relegation threatened Swansea City thanks to a goal from French midfielder Etienne Capoue. The win meant that Watford have now kept 3 successive clean sheets at home in the Premier League, but it is away from home where Mazzarri’s side have struggled and he will be looking to avoid a fourth successive loss on the road against Hull City.

Hull City

Hull City come into this game on the back of 2 successive defeats against Manchester City and then last time out against Stoke City in a disappointing game for Marco Silva. Hull City are currently relying on the teams below them failing to win games and Marco Silva will be hoping that a return to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday can bring about another victory. Hull City will be without a number of key players through injury including Ryan Mason, David Meyler and Will Keane.

Key Points

1. Hull City have won 3 games in a row at the KCOM Stadium and are unbeaten in their last 5 games at home.

2. Watford have lost 3 successive games away from home and have won just 1 of their last 10 games away from Vicarage Road.

3. Walter Mazzarri will be aiming to beat Quique Sanchez Flores total of 45 points from last season, he currently has 40 with 5 games remaining.

The Pick

Hull City have been strong at the KCOM Stadium recently and I expect them to beat a Watford side who have struggled on the road this season.

Hull City 2, Watford 1

Premier League , soccer