Sky Live: Hull City v Man Utd

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:34

Sky Live: Hull City v Man Utd

Steve Bruce’s men sit two points from Newcastle going into the final day, but their superior goal difference means anything but victory for the Magpies gives Hull the chance to stay up with a win.
They face a tough battle to take the points and end a run of three defeats, though, as they face a Manchester United side which has vastly improved over the course of the season.
The pressure is off Louis van Gaal’s men, who are guaranteed a Champions League place and look set to finish fourth, as they need Arsenal to lose and an eight-goal swing to overtake the Gunners.
Team news
Bruce hopes to name an unchanged side, with Nikica Jelavic expected to lead the forward line once again.
Jake Livermore remains suspended by the club following a positive drugs test, while Mohamed Diame (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (hamstring) are both still out.
Van Gaal will see how David de Gea trains on Saturday before deciding whether he is fit enough to play in the final match of the season at Hull.
De Gea, who suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal last week, trained on Friday and the goalkeeper has a chance of featuring against Steve Bruce’s side at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
Captain Wayne Rooney has overcome a leg injury, but deputy Michael Carrick (calf) and defender Luke Shaw (concussion) are out, while right-back Rafael (rib) is unlikely to feature.
Opta facts
Hull have lost all seven previous Premier League encounters with Manchester United, conceding 21 goals in the process.
Wayne Rooney has scored seven and assisted three more in five Premier League games against Hull City.
Ander Herrera has scored six goals from seven shots on target in the Premier League this season.
Manchester United have gone eight Premier League games without a clean sheet for the first time since September 2001.
Hull have never won a Premier League game in the month of May (W0 D3 L9).
Angel Di Maria has assisted 10 goals this season. No Man Utd player has assisted more than that in a single season since Antonio Valencia in 2011-12 (13).
Merson’s prediction
I’m doing this game on Soccer Saturday and I think there is going to be a twist – Hull will win this game. They’ve got so much to play for. These players are playing to stay in the best league in the world – careers are on the line. Man Utd are fourth – their job is done. Hull will go out with high intensity. Nikica Jelavic looked lively last week and he could be the hero. Hull played well at Tottenham last week – if they play like that and keep the back door shut, I’ll think they will win and it’s then over to Newcastle. It’s going down to the wire.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Betting
Hull are up against odds of 9/2 with Sky Bet to secure their survival on the final day of the Premier League season. The Tigers are 21/10 for the victory over Manchester United (6/5), but need Newcastle to fail to conform to their status as 8/11 favourites against West Ham at St James’ Park to have any chance of avoiding the drop. Dame N’Doye and Nikica Jelavic are considered the hosts’ most likely sources of a goal at 7/1 apiece to score first, while Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are favourites in the market at 9/2.

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