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Tottenham Hotspur-Hull City Preview
Set to conclude one of the best seasons in club history, Tottenham Hotspur have already earned a runner-up finish and will return to the Champions League group stage for a second consecutive season.
Their final hurdle comes Sunday at relegation-bound Hull City.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has done an excellent job molding Spurs (25-8-4) into a perennial contender since taking the helm. He's developed several young players into stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, added talent in the transfer market such as Heung-Min Son.
Tottenham have been unbeatable at home, going 17-2-0 in the final season at White Hart Lane, while also managing to collect eight wins and 28 points on the road.
Spurs said good-bye to The Lane last Sunday with a 2-1 win over Manchester United, then rolled to a 6-1 victory over Leicester City on Thursday. Kane recorded four goals and Son had a brace in the rout.
"To score four and to play how we did…the team was incredible," Kane said. "It was the perfect night really. We said before the game that we'd secured second place and we wanted to go out there and enjoy it.
"When we play free-flowing football like that, some of the play around the box in the first half ... every man was on their game and it's fantastic to see."
Hull City (9-7-21) will try to give a good account of themselves in their final Premier League match before heading to the Championship. Marco Silva's team will try to end an 0-2-1 rut that has not produced any goals.
Last weekend, the Tigers could have delayed their official relegation to the final day but lost 4-0 to Crystal Palace.
"I'm prepared for the Championship again," midfielder Sam Clucas said. "I've played in every league so I know what to expect. Hopefully, we can keep most of the squad together because I think we have a great chance of bouncing straight back.
"We won't be going out there just to lay down because we've been relegated. It's a home game and our supporters, who have been magnificent for us all season will be there. We owe them and ourselves a performance."
Since winning in their first ever Premier League encounter, Hull are without a win in their last eight games against Tottenham.
Spurs have only conceded two goals in their last six Premier League games against Hull City, keeping clean sheets in each of their last two.
Updated May 19, 2017