Silva Warns Hull Not To Take Sunderland Lightly

"The manager (Silva) gave me the opportunity to play football and I took my chance and things are going well - but we need more because the next three games are crucial for us". The narrow goal difference, now just two goals in Hull's favour, has lead to discussion of a potential play-off should the pair be locked on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Dieumerci Mbokani may be in line for a first start since February, where he sustained a hamstring injury that has seen him play just four minutes since.

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However, for City this game is a must-win.

The quartet picked up knocks in the defeat at rivals Middlesbrough in their last away trip and failed late fitness tests ahead of the game against the Cherries.

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To make matters worse, their leading light Jermain Defoe hasn't scored since February and the rest of their squad has contributed just six Premier League goals this season. "Our home form gives confidence to our players, but this is a new game", the Portuguese boss added.

It is therefore hard to see past a Hull win, particularly given the opposition. Two years ago, when this club was last in the Premier League, very late in the season there was a game against Burnley at home. We need to prepare well for the game and respect our opponents.

He has not ruled out staying at the KCOM Stadium, but Watford, Southampton and West Ham United all have Silva on their radar if they decide to make managerial changes.

Silva hasn't lost a home league match as a manager since March 2014 while manager of Portuguese side Estoril (W34 D7). Both would most likely have already been relegated with games to spare.

Sunderland could secure two wins in the same season against a single club for the first time in 2016-17 and for only the third occasion since 2013-14.

  • Tabitha Byrd