Both Hull City and Fulham started the Boxing Day matches on Thursday against very different teams. Hull City manager Steve Bruce faced his old team from his playing days, Manchester United, while Rene Meulensteen took his Fulham side to another of Bruce’s old clubs, Norwich City.
It was Hull who started the best racing to a 2-0 lead before capitulating and eventually losing 3-2. Meanwhile, in Norfolk, initially Fulham went a goal down before Scott Parker popped up with minutes left to turn that one precious point into three fantastic ones.
Despite the surrendering of the two-goal lead, the Hull City boys have been hard to beat this season on their own ground. The result on Saturday will depend mainly on how Bruce can motivate his team to be up for another big game just two days after that disappointing result.
Injuries to Hull City could also hit them hard with it still to be seen if goalkeeper Allan McGregor will be fit enough to start the game after he limped off during the last game against United. That adds to Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn, who will be missing again through injury.
Fulham have now gotten back to winning ways against Norwich ahead of the move back on loan of American Clint Dempsey. Another win for Meulensteen may even see Dempsey arrive to help lift a club out of relegation who have already lifted themselves from the danger zone.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.