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    Hull City vs West Brom Match Preview - Can the baggies make it three consecutive wins against the relegation threatened tigers



    West Brom travel to Hull City this weekend looking to continue their recent good form and heap more misery on to the relegation threatened Tigers.

    The baggies have had a much needed upturn in form since last month's 4-0 hammering from Manchester City, impressive victories away at the champions Leicester and the 4-0 demolition of Burnley on Monday night have lifted the baggies to the dizzy heights of ninth.

    Meanwhile Hull have been on a downward spiral since August with only one win in the last ten games and this hasn't been helped with squad down the bare bones after a number of injuries which really hindered the tigers in their convincing 3-0 loss to relegation rivals Sunderland.

    This is the first time Tony Pulis and Mike Phelan have squared off against each other as managers and should present a new challenge to Phelan's new managerial career with Hull more then likely to have more of the possession against West Brom which has not happened many times this year and the baggies will be looking to counter attack like they did against Burnley with great success.

    Robert Snodgrass is Hull's top scorer this season with 4 goals

    Tactical Analysis

    Hull City

    The tigers started the season with a solid 4-1-4-1 formation which worked relatively well, but a terrible run of results has made Mike Phelan try other tactics including the formation that Steve Bruce favoured 3-5-2 but straight after the win against Southampton a number of injuries have depleted the squad especially in the forwards department which has meant that Hull have had no choice but to revert to the same tactics as the start of the season.

    Darren Fletcher has been in great form for the baggies this season


    West Brom

    Tony Pulis doesn't normally shock the viewers with his tactics and this season is no different whether it be a 4-5-1 or the more attacking version 4-4-1-1 which has been used in the last two victories which has allowed Nacer Chadli and more recentley in Chadli's absence James Morrison to push into a supporting role to help Solomon Rondon.

    Team News

    Hull City

    Unfortunately for Hull supporters there is no still no Abel Hernandez who is still out for another couple of weeks with a groin injury but Andy Robertson could return this week after several weeks injured while Shaun Maloney should be back next week.There are still long term injuries to Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Alex Bruce.

    Predicted Team : Marshall, Elmohamady, Davies, Dawson, Clucas, Snodgrass, Mason, Livermore, Henriksen, Diomande, Mbokani.

    Abel Hernandez is still recovering recovering from a groin injury

    West Brom

    West Brom should name an unchanged team for the 2nd game in a row after the wins over Leicester and Burnley, the only change that could happen depends if Nacer Chadli is fit to return from his recent knee injury which has kept him out for the last two games.The only man certain to not feature is Saido Berahino as he has been put on another fitness regime to help him get to match fitness.

    Predicted line up:Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Yacob, Fletcher, Phillips, Morrison, Brunt, Rondon.

    Key Man to Watch

    Hull City - Robert Snodgrass

    This is an obvious choice but the Scottish International has been Hull's go to man this year with him being constant danger to opposition defences chipping in four goals this season. Not only is Snodgrass there top scorer but he is also there set piece taker with 7 of Hull's 10 goals coming from set pieces

    West Brom - Solomon Rondon

    The baggies front man has been in great form this season and finally looks like he has settled into the Premier League after last season's tough introduction. Rondon has bagged four goals so far this season but his game has more to it than goals with his hard work and strength making him the perfect focal point for this baggies side and he proved this by bullying Burnley's defence on Monday night. 


    Kick Off : 3:00 (UK)
    Venue : The KCOM Stadium, Hull

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