Hull City v Burnley
The Clarets are aiming to do the double over Hull City this season and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Burnley head to the KC Stadium knowing only a win will keep their fight alive to remain in the Premier League.
It’s also a vital game for the hosts, who sit just one point above the drop zone.
Back-to-back wins at the end of April gave the Tigers renewed hope after going on a barren run of six games without a win.
And with rival teams teams all picking up points, the two victories have proven even more paramount.
With Hull’s two final matches coming against Tottenham and Manchester United, both sides will view the fixture as a must-win.
Last ten matches:
Hull City: WLDDLLLWWL
One to watch: Nikica Jelavic
The Croatian target man returned to action in midweek against Arsenal after missing five games following knee surgery.
The striker came off the bench on Monday, but the former Rangers and Everton hitman has a near one-in-two strike ratio when starting, scoring eight goals in 19 starts.
The 29-year-old, whose career has accumulated £16m in transfers, joined the Tigers from Everton in 2014 and has over 125 top flight goals to boast.
Last time out:
Burnley (Barnes 50) 1-0 Hull City
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Ward, Marney, Jones, Boyd, Arfield (Kightly 55), Ings, Barnes (Jutkiewicz 75)
Unused Subs: Gilks, Mee, Keane, Chalobah, Sordell
Hull: Harper, Chester (Ben Arfa 59), Davies, McShane, Huddlestone (Quinn 51), Brady, Livermore, Diame, Elmohamady, Hernandez, Aluko (Ramirez 51)
Unused Subs: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Robertson, Meyler
Last meeting at the KC Stadium:
Hull City 0-1 Burnley (Marney 40)
Hull: Stockdale, Rosenior (Proschwitz 69), Bruce (Brady 46), Chester, Faye, Olofinjana (Meyler 46), Quinn, Aluko, Koren, Elmohamady, Simpson
Unused Subs: McLean, Evans, Jakupovic, McKenna
Burnley: Grant, Shackell, Duff, Edgar, Mee, Wallace (Ings 76), Marney, McCann, Stock (Vokes 75), Paterson, Austin (Bartley 89)
Unused Subs: Jensen, Stanislas, O’Neill, Lafferty
Burnley: Sam Vokes remains a doubt for the Clarets Premier League clash at Hull this weekend. The Clarets striker has missed the last two games with a thigh injury.
Hull: Steve Bruce has confirmed that top scorer Nikica Jelavić will play some part. Jake Livermore picked up an ankle injury against Arsenal on Monday and hasn’t trained since, but is expected to take part in training on Friday. Midfielder Mo Diame is out for the rest of the season.
Stat of the Day:
Five out of the last six meetings between these two sides have ended with a 1-0 scoreline.
“The lads are up for it and they have been all season. Margins are tight but we’ll be ready to go again.
“The approach has always been to win and be progressive in our play throughout the season and we’ve tried to affect games in different ways – we want to attack teams.”
“Burnley’s honesty and integrity and the way they go about their work is fantastic. All their players are a credit to Sean and the club. They are fully committed and fully focused and they are trying their best to stay in the Premier League.”
Martin Atkinson will referee Burnley’s game at Hull City this weekend.
Mr Atkinson has taken charge of the Clarets three times this season and was the man in the middle for their solitary away win at Stoke City back in November.
He also officiated in February’s 1-1 at Chelsea, which saw Nemanja Matic sent off for retaliation on Ashley Barnes, and then refereed the goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor in April.
Mr Atkinson will be accompanied by assistants M Mullarkey and S Child, with R Madley names as the fourth official.
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 9th May 2015
Everton v Sunderland 12:45pm
Aston Villa v West Ham
Hull v Burnley
Leicester v Southampton
Newcastle v West Brom
Stoke v Tottenham
Crystal Palace v Man Utd 5.30pm
Sunday 10th May 2015
Man City v QPR 1.30pm
Chelsea v Liverpool 4pm
Monday 11th May 2015
Arsenal v Swansea 8pm