WEST HAM VS HULL CITY PREVIEW, PREDICTION AND BETTING TIPS
West Ham will be targeting back to back victories to steer themselves farther away from the drop zone when a reeling Hull City come to London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Slaven Bilic’s men were one of the surprise packages of an eventful last season but they’ve fallen far below expectation this time around and find themselves in the wrong side of the table. Last week has been an exceptionally better one for the Hammers as they picked up four points from two games, one of which was a daunting away trip to Anfield, and climbed up to the 15th position.
Hull City have become the common punching bag for Premier League sides lately as they managed to collect only 8 points in their last 10 outings. They went through their sixth consecutive loss on the road when they were mauled 3-0 by Tottenham last Wednesday. The Tigers failed to score a single goal in their last four trips which included visits to Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Mike Phelan would hope his team would be favored by a change of luck and return to winning ways against West Ham.
It’s unclear that Andy Carroll would be handed another start just three days after facing Burnley. The forward returned from a long term injury dismissal recently and might not be risked by Slaven Bilic for the Hull game. Simone Zaza(knee), Gokhan Toure(knee) and James Collins(muscular) are doubtful while Sam Byram(hamstring) and Diafra Sakho(hamstring) are guaranteed absentees. Reece Oxford has returned to training but he will not be rushed back to field this weekend.
Mike Phelan has no new injury problems to worry about. Dieumerci Mbokani, who was sent off in Hull’s EFL Cup tie against Newcastle, is back for selection after serving a three match ban. Phelan might consider some changes in his starting XI with midfielder Ryan Mason pushing for a start.
We are rooting for a 2-0 West Ham win.
- West Ham United(15th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
1-0(Home, Burnley)2-2(Away, Liverpool)1-5(Home, Arsenal)1-4(EFL Cup, Away, Man United)1-1(Away, Man United)
- Hull City(19th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
0-3(Away, Tottenham)3-3(Home, Palace)0-1(Away, Middlesbrough)1(3)-1(1)(EFL Cup, Home, Newcastle)1-1(Home, West Brom)
HEAD TO HEAD
|Total Played||West Ham wins||Hull wins||Draws|
18 January, 2015
West Ham 3-Hull 0
- West Ham last 20 home games against teams below them-11 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses.
- Hull last 20 away games-7 wins, 2 draws, 11 losses.
- West Ham have won six successive league games at home against Hull City, not losing to the Tigers in home league meeting since January 1990.
- Hull City have seen a player sent off in three of their last six Premier League meetings with West Ham United (Mendy, Fagan & McGregor).
- West Ham’s last six Premier League goals against Hull have all come in the second half of games.
- The Hammers’ 15 Premier League goals against Hull have been scored by 14 different players (including own goals), with Carlton Cole the only player to score more than once against them.
- West Ham United have scored the highest proportion of goals from set-pieces this season in the Premier League (12/18 – 67%).
- The Hammers have conceded the most goals from open play in the Premier League this season (25), but have also scored the joint-fewest in this manner (6).
- Dimitri Payet has created 56 goalscoring chances in the Premier League so far this season; 12 more than any other player.
- West Ham United have dropped a league-high 12 points from winning positions this season.
- Hull City have conceded the first goal of the game on 13 occasions this season in the Premier League; more often than any other team.
- The Tigers are on a run of six successive away defeats in the Premier League and they have failed to score in the last four of these.
- Curtis Davies has made the most interceptions (61) and blocks (25) in the Premier League this season.