Silva warns Hull not to take Sunderland lightly

Silva warns Hull not to take Sunderland lightly”

Should they pick up three points from the KC Stadium, the Tigers will move five points clear of relegation for at least a couple of hours.

As it is a 3pm kick off, the match will not be shown in the UK.

Silva has given an injury update on Norwegian worldwide Omar Elabdellaoui, who has not played since the 4-0 defeat at Everton in March.

"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".

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City don't lose at home, Sunderland don't win away.

Asked if he sees his future next season in the Premier League, he added: "It's impossible to know what will happen in the future".

It is therefore hard to see past a Hull win, particularly given the opposition. In his 15 league games in charge, Hull have played seven at home, winning six and drawing one.

While many wondered how a manager who had led Sporting to a Portuguese Cup success and Olympiakos to the championship of Greece would apply himself to Hull's plight, the club backed the courage of their manager's convictions even when he sanctioned the sale of the club's two best players - Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore - in January.

Hull have won just one of their previous four home Premier League games against Sunderland (W1 D1 L2) and have never scored a few times in any of those matches.

"We need to win but we need to respect a lot the Sunderland players, and I don't permit my players to think like this".

While they may be impressive, they lack Premier League experience and that could stand in City's favour.

Marco Silva insists his focus remains on Hull City's fight for Premier League survival as speculation mounts over where he will be next season.

Silva hasn't lost a home league match as a manager since March 2014 while manager of Portuguese side Estoril (W34 D7). Alternatively, they may have completely given up the ghost, which seems more likely given how their season's gone, we're siding with Hull -1 on the handicap.

"It is tight. It would be the first time ever".

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