Hull v Fulham 15:00
Hull got off to a fantastic start on Boxing Day going 2-0 up against Manchester United before falling to a 3-2 defeat. James Chester had a rollercoaster game, scoring Hull’s opener before then scoring an own goal and then coming close to a late equaliser.
David Meyler also got on the score sheet for Hull. That was the midfielder’s second Premier League goal of the season, coming from just three shots at goal. However, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows Meyler has been concentrating on defensive duties, winning 21 of 35 attempted tackles so far this season.
Scott Parker scored a late winner to give Fulham an important win against Norwich on boxing day. With Sunderland and Crystal Palace also winning Fulham’s victory was vital for the Cottagers in the fight to get out of the relegation zone.
Parker has two goals this season, but has been typically industrious in his defensive duties too, making more blocks than any other midfielder in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 16
Pajtim Kasami also got on the scoresheet for Fulham, he was one of two players to have six shots on goal in the Boxing Day fixtures, though only two were on target. Fernando Amorebieta also hit a milestone in the last round of games, making more clearances than any other player with 18
There are two players on the pitch today he will surely be thinking they are due a goal. Adel Taraabt has had the most shots on target without scoring. The Moroccan has troubled the goalkeeper 11 times without getting his name on the score sheet. He’s an industry best price of 5/1 with 888sport.com to break his duck and score at any time.
While Hull’s Tom Huddlestone has had the most shot’s over all without scoring, shooting 20 times without a goal in the Premier League, though his accuracy of just 35% on target may explain why he is yet hit the back of the net with any of his efforts.
Yet Huddlestone’s defensive contributions have been vital. Against Manchester United he won 7 tackles, the second highest of any player in the last round of games