Hull vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will be looking to improve on a record of just one win in 12 games as they take on Everton, who are also under pressure to achieve better results.

After coming from behind to see off Sunderland in convincing fashion on Boxing Day, Hull appeared to be on the up, only to suffer a hugely disappointing defeat to bottom club Leicester City, a result which sees them above the drop zone by the skin of their teeth.

Whereas their home form last season was a key factor in securing comfortable survival, the Tigers have the worst record of any Premier League side on their own turf this time around, and continue to misfire badly in front of goal, and for the first time during his reign, there is pressure on Steve Bruce.

That can also be said about opposing manager Roberto Martinez, who has so far presided over a miserable domestic season which leaves Everton 12th and only five points clear of danger. The Spaniard may now be forced to look for a plan B, as his preferred passing game is not gaining rewards.

But the biggest concerns lie within the defence, as they continue to give cheap goals away in abundance. This was proved again at Newcastle United on Sunday, where the only major positive was seeing Arouna Kone score on his long-awaited full Premier League debut for the club.

James Chester returns for Hull after a one-match ban, but they will be without Liam Rosenior, Robert Snodgrass, Mohamed Diame and Michael Dawson.

Everton will continue with Joel Robles in goal, while James McCarthy will be assessed after being forced off on Tyneside.

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