Having slipped into the bottom three, Hull City will be under pressure to end their losing streak on Wednesday, but face a challenging game away to Everton.
The home side will also be looking to redeem themselves following a bitterly disappointing defeat at Tottenham at the weekend, which came despite appearing very comfortable at 1-0 up after 20 minutes thanks to Kevin Mirallas’ lovely curling strike.
Going behind on the stroke of half-time due to an individual error made the second half an uphill struggle, and the Toffees were unable to get back on level terms, meaning that they are still entrenched in mid-table and needing more consistency to make up the ground.
Hull have dropped like a lead balloon since the beginning of November, a run that has coincided with the loss of striker Abel Hernandez for personal reasons, which has left them without a focal point in attack, while mistakes are costing them at the other end.
Manager Steve Bruce was left to bemoan his side’s failings after Saturday’s heavy reverse to Manchester United, and while there is unquestionably quality in the squad, the Tigers are desperately in need of a lift.
James McCarthy is definitely out for Everton with a hamstring injury, while forward Steven Naismith is highly doubtful because of a similar complaint.
The away side are still without Hernandez as well as his fellow countryman Gaston Ramirez, but Tom Huddlestone should return to the starting XI after being left out at Old Trafford.
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