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  • March 9, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
  • Referee: C. Pawson
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FA Cup Preview: Hull City Tigers - Sunderland

FA Cup Preview: Hull City Tigers - Sunderland

Gus Poyet's men suffered defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final last weekend and have lost both of their games against Steve Bruce's side this term.

Sunderland is aiming to reach Wembley for a second time this season as it prepares to face Hull City in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

Gus Poyet's side was beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final last Sunday after Fabio Borini’s early opener was overturned by Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas.

Steve Bruce’s men have already secured two wins in the Premier League against Sunderland, with the Black Cats having three men sent off over the two games.

And Bruce, a three-time FA Cup winner during his playing days at Manchester United, is determined to make it a hat trick of victories against the club that sacked him in back in 2011.

Achieving that would see Bruce guide Hull to the last four of the competition for the first time in 84 years.

He said: "We've got an opportunity to make it to Wembley for an FA Cup semifinal, a stage of the competition the club hasn't been in since 1930.

"When you look at it from that perspective, of course Sunday is a big game for us. This is a big game for everybody. I've said it repeatedly, but a good cup run can enhance your season and we've got to try and get through to the semifinals.

"When you get to the last eight of any competition, you start to smell the hotdogs and there's nothing bigger than when cup finals are at stake.

"As a manager I've never been past the quarterfinals of this competition, so a Wembley semi-final would be a first for me.

"As a player, I led a team out and lifted a trophy at Wembley and those are the things that stay with you forever.

"If we beat Sunderland, we'll be going to Wembley so my players have to grasp the occasion and play well on Sunday. You need a bit of luck in the cup as well and it's all to play for.

"We'll be looking to produce a big performance and the crowd can play their part too in helping us get to where we want to be."

Bruce will be without cup-tied strike duo Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, while winger Robbie Brady will play no part after being ruled out for the rest of the season due to a groin problem.

Paul McShane (ankle) and Joe Dudgeon (knee) are also unavailable.

Poyet's Sunderland side will have to tighten up at the back after shipping seven goals in its last two games against City and Arsenal - where it was beaten 4-1 in its last Premier League encounter.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt is cup-tied having played in the competition for Brighton, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) remains sidelined.

Sunderland boasts two FA Cup triumphs, the last coming in 1973, while the club's most recent appearance in a final came in 1992.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hull City

Sunderland

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Hull City AFC HUL
Hull City AFC Hull City
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
29%
24%
47%

Top 3 Predictions

Hull City AFC HUL
1 - 2
Sunderland AFC SUN
Hull City AFC HUL
0 - 2
Sunderland AFC SUN
Hull City AFC HUL
1 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN

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