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Bottom strugglers Hull City are set to host Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United this weekend as the 18th placed team stare at a looming possibility of relegation.
They are currently 2 points ahead of 19th placed Middlesbrough but it’s worth noting that Boro have a game in hand. 20th placed Sunderland have a game in hand on The Tigers as well and are only 4 points behind.
It will be difficult to beat West Ham but this is Premier League and anything can happen anytime. It will be important for Hull to at least grab a point to keep their survival hopes alive.
Michael Dawson will return to full training this week as he recovers from a calf injury and he could get some game time. David Marshall is also expected to be fit despite pulling out of the Scotland squad with a dodgy hip. Tom Huddlestone is still serving a ban because of his red card against Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and hence will be unavailable for this game.
Jakupovic is a reliable shot stopper and he has been one over the years. He has been in good nick for the Tigers this season and should start this game under normal circumstances.
Elabdellaoui has featured 7 times in the league for Hull City since being signed on loan. Expect him to start ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady.
The summer signing has clicked well for Hull this season and Marco Silva will be pinning his hopes on the defender to keep West Ham attackers under check.
Maguire has been one of the very few bright spots for the Tigers and has impressed everyone with his composure. An almost certain starter.
Robertson will hope to put in a good performance against the Hammers and help his side to what would be a crucial game for Hull City.
Alfred will keep his place in the side and the manager will hope that the midfielder puts in a good shift in the centre of the field.
With Tom Huddlestone absent for this important game, expect Meyler to take the mantle and provide cover for the former spurs midfielder.
Clucas has been in good touch in recent weeks and he will start the game for the Tigers this weekend.
He has grown into an important player for Hull City. Markovic looks well settled in the Hull lineup and expect the manager to start him this weekend.
Grosicki is one of the most dangerous players for Hull City and is such a huge threat while going forward. Expect him to cause some problems for the West Ham defence.
Niasse should easily warrant a place in the starting Xi, given his current form. He has scored 4 goals for Hull since arriving in January and will most probably keep Abel Hernandez on the bench.