Hull City Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 17 Jan 2015 16:53:00
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After a dramatic evening at Upton Park on Tuesday night saw West Ham United squeeze past Everton on penalties in their FA Cup replay, the Hammers are in action at the Boleyn again on Sunday afternoon as Hull City make the trip to East London.

The Irons are still looking for their first league win of the New Year following consecutive draws in the top-flight sandwiched in between the FA Cup tie.

This fixture last season was strangely memorable in that, although the hosts left the field having secured all three points in a 2-1 win, the home support booed their team off because the visitors were down to ten men after goalkeeper Allan McGregor was given a straight red card for bringing down Mohamed Diame for a penalty which was coolly converted by Mark Noble. Coincidently, Diame now plays for the Tigers but won't make the return to his former club after being called up by Senegal to take part in their African Nations Cup campaign. Steve Bruce's men had levelled thanks to Nikica Jelavic but the hosts did regain the lead but only via a James Chester own goal. Surely the majority will be treated to a more entertaining encounter this time around.

Hull will be the fresher of the two sides going into the game because of the home team's cup commitments in midweek but are currently on a dreadful run of form which sees them occupy the first relegation place in the table. Omens would suggest a home win here as the East Londoners have won this fixture on the last five occasions.

Winston Reid looks set to return to the side after he missed the replay against the Toffees due to a knock picked up in the last league outing against Swansea City. Sam Allardyce also stated in the pre-match news conference on Friday that Guy Demel could play some part.

James Tomkins or James Collins could make way if Big Sam decides to go with a back-four rather than the defensive five he chose to deploy on Tuesday.

Alex Song is back in contention after being restored to the starting line-up against Everton.

One player that will not feature at all in this game or any future Hammers fixtures is Ricardo Vaz Te after it was mutually agreed that he would have his contract terminated. He has already struck a deal to join Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor.

The match is a 1:30pm kick-off and Live coverage is being screened by Sky Sports from 12:30pm. The referee is Martin Atkinson.

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