Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone says the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday is a “six-pointer” as both clubs continue their quest for Premier League survival.
The Tigers have endured a tough season so far and are currently languishing way down in 15th position, just two points above the relegation zone.
Hull have only managed to pick up four wins in the campaign as the pressure continues to mount on the shoulders of manager Steve Bruce.
Recent results have helped their plight though, with victories over Sunderland on Boxing Day and Everton on New Year’s Day lifting the side up the table.
The danger of relegation is still firmly there for Hull and a loss against West Brom, who are one point behind the Tigers, could drop the Tigers back into the bottom three.
The Baggies recently appointed Tony Pulis as their new manager after sacking Alan Irvine and the change in management worked immediately as they secured a 7-0 success over Gateshead in the FA Cup third round.
Huddlestone knows West Brom will be full of optimism heading into the game but the midfielder is hopeful Hull can continue their good run of form.
“We have a big game against West Brom and that is a six-pointer,” he said. “They will be geared up with a new manager but on the other hand he might have not had enough time to implement his ideas.
“We know it is a game that is going to come around and it is a massive game with the league positions of both clubs so hopefully we can go out and do ourselves justice.”
Hull are the outsiders at 3.50 to clinch victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday while West Brom are slight favourites at 2.09 to get Pulis his first win in the league.