Tigers tackle Tottenham aiming to take relegation fight to final day
Both Burnley and QPR have already been demoted back to the Championship for next season but, with one relegation spot still remaining, Hull City will aim to overcome Spurs and edge towards safety, while Newcastle United are aiming to topple Chris Ramsey’s Hoops in their bid to beat the dreaded drop.
Steve Bruce’s Tigers currently occupy the final spot in the drop zone, with the Magpies only two points ahead in 17th, so both struggling sides are in desperate need of three points in their latest away fixtures.
Spurs v Hull
The toothless Tigers will need a victory on their travels to White Hart Lane in order to stand a chance of retaining their top-flight status for next season, with Bruce’s men available at 3/1 to claim all three points in London.
Hull boss Bruce has rallied his players ahead of their vital encounter with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, knowing a win on the road will guarantee a chance of safety going into the last day of the season.
“Let’s hope we can take it to the last game, that’s our objective now,” stated Bruce “We need to get a result at Tottenham and keep it alive. We need seven or eight players at the top of their form tomorrow. We have to perform to the level that will give us a chance.”
Vlad Chiriches was sent off in Tottenham’s thrashing by Stoke City and is suspended, while Danny Rose is back to take his place at left-back, but Kyle Walker and Ben Davies are still missing from the home defence.
For Hull, Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez remain injured, so Stephen Quinn is poised to maintain his midfield berth. Meanwhile, former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore faces a lengthy ban, having recently failed a random drugs test, delivering another blow to his club’s hopes of safety.
Deadly Denmark international Christian Eriksen netted the winner in the reverse fixture on home soil, and is a 7/1 chance to strike last again, while in-form frontman Harry Kane is 4/1 to open proceedings. At the other end, Nikica Jelavic will be the Tigers’ key threat and the clinical Croatian is 10/3 to score anytime.
QPR v Newcastle
With the London outfit having already sealed their relegation fate for next season, the travelling Toon will be hopeful of clinching a crucial triumph at Loftus Road and are 4/1 to win to nil.
In the season’s earlier meeting between these two stuttering sides, Moussa Sisoko struck late on to earn former manager Alan Pardew a victory but, since John Carver has taken over, Newcastle have endured their worst ever top tier run.
The visitors recently cancelled their end of season awards bash, amid daunting relegation fears, and self-proclaimed best top-flight coach Carver is now fully focused on their task ahead.
“We have to keep all our focus on it. If we win at QPR, and results go for us, we are safe. Then I want to win the West Ham game,” said carver.
Newcastle will be without Mike Williamson as he serves the second of his two-match suspension, but good news comes in the form Daryl Janmaat’s return from a one-game ban. QPR have no fresh injury concerns and could field a full-strength side in their final home game.
QPR hitman Charlie Austin looks likely to depart this summer and he is 6/1 to strike first on his possible last home appearance for the club, while Sissoko is a 7/2 chance to net anytime, having scored in the reverse clash.