In a must-win, potentially season defining, game for Hull it has to be one of the most critical games in the club’s history, against the South Wales team they share a similar past with. From the Division 3 battles, one of which we won 7-4 with a Duane Darby hattrick, both clubs find themselves in the fabled heights of the Premier League. Both teams decided enough was enough with their management and hired new managers on almost the same day, with Swansea opting for the much more well known Paul Clement, and Hull opting for an unknown, to most British fans, in Marco Silva. Both changes had been long awaited for by fans and the performances by both clubs since the change has been astounding.
Though the clubs have shared similar stories, such as both team’s rises through the leagues coinciding with moves to new stadiums, both of which similarly sized, Swansea have had much more success in the Premier League, notably a fine run in Europe not too many years back. Most notably their longevity in the Premier League, which surprised many of the Premier League stalwarts, even out-surviving past greats such as Aston Villa and Newcastle.
In what is a season-defining game for not just Hull, but for Swansea too, it only seems fitting that it’s where these two sleeping giants collide. Far-gone are they days where Swansea’s league survival depending on a close encounter with Hull at the old Vetch field. Now a much bigger prize is on the line; Premier League survival.
Both teams go into this game quite level, with Swansea not too far above Hull in the league, but still at risk if their form drops, but this is the third meeting of the sides this season, with Hull triumphing both times 2-0, one very early on in the league shortly after the shocking win against Leicester City, their first game as reigning champions.
If I were to predict a result, my bias will always be with Hull to win, but I have a feeling this game will go down to the wire and end up being a scoring draw. I have a feeling Hull will go ahead twice, then finish 2-2 at the final whistle.
Hull could be buoyed by the return of Curtis Davies, giving Silva more options at the back, but with a back-four in form these past few weeks the focus is going to have to be having the right attacking options. I don’t feel still that Niasse can quite produce the goods for Hull, and his performances as a lone striker haven’t been fruitful. He is, though, our best attacking option from our Senior ranks. However, one change I would like to see this game is to bring off Markovic and give Jarrod Bowen a run in the right midfield. He has shown many times this season as being up to the job against the big teams, and a good game against Swansea could bring even more confidence to one of our top youth prospects.
Score Prediction: 2-2