A few seasons ago both Hull City and Stoke City were entertaining Premier League crowds, but this time they met in the division below: the Championship. Stoke wanted to better their results when they came to the KC Stadium in Kingston-upon-Hull, but the home side were quite effective at earning a 2-0.
In this tactical analysis, we will look at three tactical trends during this Championship game. We will have a look at how Hull City’s 4-4-1-1 was set up, Stoke’s dominance and Hull’s effectiveness on the counter-attack.
The home time started in a rather defensive 4-4-1-1 formation. Hull had a solid back four and a solid midfield, with Jackson Irvine and Fraizer Campbell playing in front of them. Stoke started in a more balanced 4-3-1-2 formation with Sam Vokes and James McClean as the two strikers, supported by Bojan Krkic. It was expected that Stoke would have possession of the ball and try to attack, while Hull would have to resort to defending and possible counter attacks.
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