Three Hull players that could frustrate Tottenham in clash
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three Hull players that could be difficult opponents to face when Tottenham host the relegation-threatened side on Wednesday in the Premier League.
Spurs will already know what to expect from Hull’s Michael Dawson, who is the heartbeat of the club’s defence and will be fully committed to the cause. Dawson spent an incredible nine years at White Hart Lane as a player and is fondly remembered for his dedication. The 33-year-old centre-back has now emerged as a crucial member of the Hull defence and is the perfect character to have during a relegation battle. Mike Phelan’s side are likely to concede lots of possession against Spurs and Dawson will be key to their defensive structure. He will be keen to produce a strong performance against his former club and Harry Kane could face a difficult night.
Hull goalkeeper David Marshall should prove a difficult obstacle for the Spurs forwards to get past and they will be low on confidence after misfiring in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. The 31-year-old is currently fighting for his starting place and is under pressure from understudy Eldin Jakupovic, who has looked extremely impressive during his performances. Marshall remains the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and will have a point to prove against Spurs. He leaked three goals on Saturday in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, but could not be majorly criticised for his performance. The Scotland international has shown his qualities in the past and on his day can be an extremely difficult goalkeeper to beat.
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Robert Snodgrass is currently at the heart of a diving debate after winning a penalty against Crystal Palace, but on the pitch he has been Hull’s standout performer this season. The Scottish midfielder has looked the most creative player all season and helped his side gain vital points already. The right winger has made 16 appearances across all competitions, scoring seven goals and supplying two assists. Spurs are likely to have the upper hand over Hull during the game, but will need to be wary of Snodgrass’ quality on the ball. The 29-year-old has an extremely good delivery from set-pieces and will look to test Hugo Lloris with his his left as often as he can.
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