The euphoria of opening the season with two victories is a quickly distant memory for Hull City, who try to stop the rot Saturday at KC Stadium, where Stoke City are eager to build on their first Premier League victory of 2016-17.Victories over reigning title-holders Leicester City and Swansea City gave the Tigers (2-1-5) a dream start, but its been nightmarish ever since. They have just one point over their last six league matches and dropped four on the bounce after a 6-1 pole-axing administered by Bournemouth last weekend in which Hull City allowed five goals without reply.We conceded four goals from set pieces on Saturday and that isnt like us at all, defender Curtis Davies told the teams official website. It was embarrassing and gutless for us and probably the most upsetting performance Ive ever been involved in.The problem with Davies comments is that it is the third heavy loss the Tigers have absorbed during their skid. Arsenal blasted them 4-1 at KC Stadium before Liverpool followed up with a 5-1 thrashing. And playing at KC has done Hull no favours of late -- theyve been outscored 7-1 in losing their last three there.Additionally, manager Mike Phelan will have to make one change in his starting XI since defender Andy Robertson is expected to be sidelined at least two months with a calf injury suffered in the defeat to the Cherries. Forward Dieumerci Mbokani, who got his first start against Chelsea earlier this month, is also out after being injured representing the Democratic Republic of Congo during World Cup qualifying.Off the field, Hull City continue to be in the headlines as a deal for owner Assem Allan to a Chinese consortium for a reported ￡130 million appears to be moving forward. The deal reportedly is contingent on the GreaterChina Professional Services Limited group being approved by the Premier League.As Hull City set out to end their struggles, Stoke City (1-3-4) are looking for another three points in this early season relegation scrap. The Potters finally broke their duck in another such contest last weekend, beating Sunderland 2-0 on a first-half brace by Joe Allen.The Liverpool transfer helped lift Stoke to the top of the drop zone and has accounted for four of the teams seven goals in league play thus far.Hes doing really well and hes doing it for both club and country which is great for him, teammate Jonathan Walters said of Allen to the Potters official website.Stoke have a win and two draws in their last three matches, having tightened a porous defence that shipped 14 goals in the first five matches. Last Saturdays victory also marked Stokes first clean sheet of the season in league play, and gaffer Mark Hughes is pointing to bigger and better things if his club seizes the momentum.We have always said it was a matter of time until things took a turn for the better and now we have those three points, we can look forward with enormous optimism, he saidWe have a run of fixtures in front of us whereby we feel good we can take a good amount of points, and hopefully we can reflect back at the end of that period and see ourselves in a position that better reflects the quality in our squad.Hull City advanced to the round of 16 in the League Cup at Stoke Citys expense last month with a 2-1 victory at Brittania Stadium. 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