Tottenham v Hull preview: Spurs out to maintain unbeaten home run
Last Updated: 14/12/16 8:36pm
Tottenham will put their unbeaten Premier League home record on the line when Hull City visit White Hart Lane on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm).
Despite only winning three of their last 13 matches in all competitions, Spurs have been consistent at the Lane, winning five of their seven home matches.
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Mauricio Pochettino's side lost 1-0 at Old Trafford to Manchester United but are one point better off than they were at this stage last season.
Hull make the journey south having lost nine of their last 13 Premier League matches. There were positive signs on Saturday during the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, where they scored more than one goal in a game for just the second time in the last 13 league matches.
Tottenham will be without midfielder Mousa Dembele. Dembele took a kick to his left foot against Manchester United on Sunday and is not available, while Vincent Janssen remains out with an ankle problem.
Erik Lamela has returned from Argentina, where he was visiting his brother in hospital, but the winger is still regaining fitness following a hip injury.
Hull head coach Mike Phelan is expected to keep the same team that drew with Palace.
Phelan must decide whether to recall club-record summer signing Ryan Mason for his first return to White Hart Lane, after dropping the former Tottenham midfielder to the bench for last weekend's home draw against Crystal Palace.
Striker Dieumerci Mbokani serves the final game of a three-match ban and Phelan will still be without Abel Hernandez, Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Hull, winning five of those matches (D2).
Hull haven't beaten Tottenham since their first Premier League game against them (1-0 in October 2008) and have never scored more than once in their eight Premier League games versus Spurs.
Hull are on a run of five successive defeats away from home in the Premier League and they haven't scored in the last three of these.
The last time that the Tigers lost six in a row on the road in the competition was in April 2010.
Robert Snodgrass has had a hand in seven Premier League goals this season (five goals, two assists) - no other Hull City player has been involved in more than two.
Hull have failed to score in 11 of their last 16 Premier League games away in London.
Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last three Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.
In fact, Kane is already on his longest scoring streak in the competition at White Hart Lane (three games in a row).
Spurs have won 12 successive Premier League meetings with newly-promoted sides at White Hart Lane. The last time that they lost against a promoted team at home in the competition was a 1-2 defeat to Norwich in April 2012.
Hull's Michael Dawson made 236 Premier League appearances for Tottenham between April 2005 and May 2014. Only seven players have made more for the club in the Premier League.
If you look at the games that the rest of the top six have in midweek, then Tottenham need to win. They have the easiest game out of everybody and I think they will get the three points.
They were OK against United, just OK. At times they got into positions where they should have been better. They have to win these games to stay around the top four.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 11/2)
Pochettino's men drifted out from 22/1 to 28/1 to win the Premier League following their Old Trafford loss and 6/5 for a top-four finish, while the Tigers remain 2/9 favourites for relegation.