Hull City: Robert Snodgrass - Out; Alex Bruce & Liam Rosenior - Doubtful; Yannick Sagbo - Suspended
Stoke City: Alex Wilkinson - Doubtful
Hull and Stoke had contrasting luck in their opening fixtures; Hull were lucky to escape with a victory as QPR battled bravely with them. Meanwhile, Stoke were unlucky to have lost by a solitary goal to Aston Villa.
In the last six encounters Hull and Stoke have had, Stoke have been the victors on three occasions, drawing twice and losing once.
Hull played midweek and normally in the Premier League that coincides with a defeat on Sunday afternoon. However, they managed to rotate their squad so whoever takes to the field against Stoke should be fit and raring to go.
In which case they should be up for the challenge Stoke have to offer. From an attacking perspective, Stoke are much changed from the long ball tactics Tony Pulis installed in the team, though that has left them looking a bit limp at times. Against a strong and resolute Hull defence, their struggles in front of goal may continue.
As for Hull's attack, theirs too is light on a consistent goal threat though if they are able to win the midfield battle against Stoke, they might be able to fashion out an opportunity.
Hull City 1-0 Stoke City