Stoke will be aiming to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat as they are set to host Hull City at the Bet365 stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Potters currently find themselves in 20th place in the Championship table, having gained just seven points from their opening seven outings in the league following four defeats, two victories and a draw.
Stoke have recorded disappointing defeats at the hands of Ipswhich, Preston, Norwich and Millwall, failing to score on all of these occasions. However, there have been a couple of impressive displays from the Potters having recorded a 4-1 victory over Rotherham and a 1-0 victory over Watford.
The main worry for Alex Neil at the beginning of this season has been the lack of goals and clear cut chances that his side has been able to create. The Potters have the joint second worst goal scoring record in the league, having netted on average just one goal each game.
Alex Neil’s side featured in midweek Championship action as they travelled to Huddersfield who came into the game on the back of successive victories. The points were shared at the John Smith Stadium in a highly exciting game which finished 2-2.
Having not lost since the opening day of the season, Hull currently find themselves in 6th place in the Championship table, having recorded three wins, three draws and just one defeat from their opening seven league games.
Liam Rosenior’s side are undefeated in their last six outings and have recorded impressive victories against Leicester, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn. Manchester City loanee Liam Delap has already impressed and may prove a vital player is Hull are to push for promotion this season.
The Tigers also featured in midweek Championship action as they Hosted Leeds United in a game which ended 0-0. Hull will feel disappointed to have not taken more from the game given the fact that Leeds played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Joe Rodon saw red.
Stoke have dominated this fixture's recent history and they are undefeated in the last five meetings of these two sides. Hull have found it difficult to find the back of the net against the Potters, having scored just one goal in the past five encounters.
The last time that these sides met came in last year’s edition of the Championship, a game in which the defence was on top. Stoke City and Hull City played out a goalless draw at the bet365, a game in which both teams had chances to win the game, but neither side could find a breakthrough.
Despite the league position of these two sides, it is Stoke who are favourites to win the game and are currently priced @ 10/11, whilst an away win for Hull is priced @ 29/10 and a draw is at 13/5.
We are backing Hull to win and under 2.5 match goals @ 7/1 due to the impressive start to the season that Liam Rosenior’s side have made to the season, paired with the lack of goals that Stoke have managed to score.