Hull City vs Leicester City:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 12:30 UK,
Venue: KCOM Stadium (Hull).
English Premier League Champions Leicester City will travel to KSC Stadium on Saturday afternoon to play against Hull City to kick-off the first game of the 2016/2017 premier League Campaign.
Hull have had an earthquake of events this summer, they lost Steve Bruce as their manager just few weeks before the new season, and they are et to find a successor. They have no new arrivals in their playing staff and have let Mohamed Diame leave the club. The Tigers need to act fast to avoid a disastrous season.
The defending Champions will enter the game high on confidence, aiming not to do a “Chelsea” like season. Claudio Ranieri will hope to deal with the pressure and keep his team in the top 4 this season to show that last season’s success wasn’t a fluke.
Hull City: Team News
Hull City is without a head-coach and is marred by an injury crisis. Alan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Michael Dawson and Moses Odubajo are injured, while Shaun Maloney and Harry Maguire are doubts.
And once again Jack Livermore could be used as an emergency center back to partner Curtis Davies.
Hull City: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Jakupovic – Robertson, Davies, Livermore, Elmohamady – Snodgrass, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas – Hernandez, Diomande.
Leicester City: Team News
Robert Huth is suspended and this opens door for the new signing Luis Hernandez to start alongside Wes Morgan at the center back.
With the departure of N’golo Kante, we can see Ledley King reclaiming jhis spot at the center of midfield to partner Drinkwater.
And as usual, the striking partnership of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy will lead the attacking front-line.
The new signings Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy could start on the bench and play some part at some point in the game.
Leicester City: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Morgan, Hernandez, Simpson – Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez – Vardy, Okazaki.
Hull City vs Leicester City: Head-to-Head
- Only 15 games have played between these two sides, the Tigers have won 5 games while the reigning Champions have won 6 games.
- Their last 2 games between these sides have ended in goalless draw.
- Both teams have won 3 games each at KCOM Stadium.
Hull City vs Leicester City: Prediction
Tigers seem to have prepared well but the internal crises in the team may affect the player’s emotion and confidence.
Leicester’s pre-season games have been nothing to write home about, they lost 3 of their 4 games which includes a 4-0 thrashing by PSG and 4-2 defeat to Barcelona.
I expect the Champions to kick-start the season with a win in this game considering Hull’s crises and also I predict a low turnout of goals.
Hull City vs Leicester City: Tips
- Leicester Win
- Both teams to score – No.