As opportunities to get back to winning ways in the league go, this has to be it.
The action-packed, pulsating, exhausting FA Cup win over Everton in the week is the perfect platform for us to start getting some more points on the board this weekend.
The players will be buzzing with the way they managed to finally see off Everton and will want to build on that by beating a weakened and relegation threatened Hull side.
We got a decent 2-2 draw at the KC Stadium back in September and it saw Enner Valencia score our goal of the season so far. Valencia netted in the week, which will give him a huge confidence boost, and you’ll half expect him to be going all out to get another one against Hull on Sunday afternoon.
Hull are without strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez so they’ll be desperately short up front, leaving us with a huge chance to add to our measly four clean sheets so far this campaign.
Given our strength you’d expect us to comfortably see off Hull tomorrow. And that’s what we’re predicting will happen. Either way, though, we really could do with a clean sheet.
Prediction: 3-0 win and back in the race for Europe.
West Ham United (7th, 33 points)
Alex Song should’ve fully recovered from his illness and is expected to start again after returning in the win over Everton on Tuesday.
Winston Reid and Guy Demel are back in training after injuries and could be involved.
Hull City (18th, 19 points)
Hull are without strike duo Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic through injury.
But Gaston Ramirez and Sone Aluko could feature after returning to training on Friday.
Potential Starting XI
Last 10 Meetings
|15 Sep 2014||Premier League||KC Stadium||D 2-2|
|27 Mar 2014||Premier League||Boleyn Ground||W 2-1|
|28 Sep 2013||Premier League||KC Stadium||L 1-0|
|28 Apr 2012||Championship||Boleyn Ground||W 2-1|
|5 Nov 2011||Championship||KC Stadium||W 2-0|
|20 Feb 2010||Premier League||Boleyn Ground||W 3-0|
|21 Nov 2009||Premier League||KC Stadium||D 3-3|
|28 Jan 2009||Premier League||Boleyn Ground||W 2-0|
|19 Oct 2008||Premier League||KC Stadium||L 1-0|
|23 Mar 1991||Division 2||Boothferry Park||D 0-0|
Match in Numbers
5 – West Ham have won their last five home league meetings against Hull
1 – And Hull have won just one of their last eight matches against the Hammers
1 – West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight league matches
2 – The Tigers have won just two of their last 14 league games
0 – And Hull have never scored a Premier League away goal in January
250 – Mark Noble could make his 250th league start for West Ham
50 – Adrian will make his 50th appearance in all competitions for the Hammers
11 – Stewart Downing has been involved in 11 goals so far this season – more than the last three seasons combined
Head-to-Head (all competitions)
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