Hull City will be hoping to move back out of the Premier League’s bottom three as they travel to a West Ham United side looking their first win since December 22.
Despite that statistic, Sam Allardyce’s men are still going exceptionally well and managed to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a penalty shootout success over Everton on Tuesday, where striker Enner Valencia regained his scoring touch after something of a lean spell in front of goal.
The biggest frustration for West Ham since the turn of the year has been a failure to hold on to leads, with a one-goal advantage having been surrendered in each of their last four games, so they will be keen to ensure that Hull do not become the latest beneficiaries.
But this, on paper at least, appears to be an extremely good time to come up against the Tigers, who are suffering from numerous injuries and lost both of their first-choice strikers in the first half of the defeat to West Bromwich Albion last time out.
Those setbacks considerably harmed their degree of attacking threat at the Hawthorns, and to make matters worse the game’s only goal was highly avoidable. Seeing sides around them pick up three points to condemn them to a return to the drop zone just added the insult.
West Ham should have defenders Guy Demel and Winston Reid back after injury, while Alexandre Song will be able to feature after playing an hour against Everton.
Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic will both be missing for around a month for Hull, who are waiting on the fitness of Sone Aluko and Gaston Ramirez.
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