The early game of the Premier League Boxing Day fixtures sees Hull City welcome Manchester United to the KC Stadium. If the defending champions can get a win Thursday, then they will move, if only temporarily, up to fifth position in the Premier League and only five points behind Liverpool, who play their city rivals later in the day.
It will not be easy for David Moyes and his side, however, with Hull only currently beaten once at home in this season’s campaign. Had the game taken place a fortnight or so ago, then you would have to think that Hull would be able to maybe pull a surprise, but with United now two wins from their last two, I think the momentum has swung back in United’s favor.
That said, the last time Hull won was at the beginning of December at home and against Liverpool, so write them off at your own peril. Robin Van Persie will be missing, along with Marouane Fellaini, and Michael Carrick is doubtful. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck will be secretly hoping RVP will continue to be absent, leaving the England striker the chance to prove that he can mix it with the best.
Hopefully Steve Bruce will be able to make a game of it and improve on an already decent start to the first season up in the Premiership. If he did ever need reminding that his team is as high as they are at this point in the season, then all he has to do is look across to the other dugout and notice the Christmas turkey sitting there.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.