West Ham United will be looking to avoid a third defeat in four Premier League games as they travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull City.
The home side have made an acceptable start, with four points taken from a possible nine, but manager Steve Bruce was left to rue an abject first half performance against Aston Villa last time out as they lost for the first time in the league this season. The club responded by sealing some strong looking signings on transfer deadline day, including midfielder Mohamed Diame from Monday evening’s opponents.
Supporters of West Ham have expressed their frustration at their side’s current inability to win on home turf, with Southampton outplaying them before the international break. However, the vibrancy they showed at Crystal Palace a week earlier suggests that being away here is a blessing in disguise, as the pressure of expectation at Upton Park looks to be affecting the players, let alone manager Sam Allardyce.
Hull could give debuts to loanees Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez, while Diame is expected to line up against his former club. Record signing Abel Hernandez is still awaiting his work permit, so will not feature.
James Collins returns from injury for a West Ham side who could hand first appearances to Morgan Amalfitano and Alexandre Song. Matt Jarvis and Carl Jenkinson are both doubtful.
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