Høll (B) Lørdag 31 januar 09

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Hull City's Daniel Cousin is rated only 50-50 to play as the striker continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Record signing Jimmy Bullard is poised for his first start despite missing training, with Matt Duke set to keep out Boaz Myhill in goal.

West Brom are without Jonas Olsson, Leon Barnett, Abdoulaye Meite and long-term casualty Neil Clement.

Pele and Ryan Donk are likely to play in defence even though they are both suffering from groin problems.

 


Hull (from): Duke, Ricketts, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Marney, Geovanni, Ashbee, Kilbane, Cousin, Manucho, Bullard, Garcia, Mendy, Fagan, Halmosi, Folan, Doyle, France, Myhill.

West Brom (from): Carson, Kiely, Zuiverloon, Hoefkens, Donk, Pele, Robinson, Cech, Koren, Teixeira, Do-Heon, Valero, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune, Bednar, Dorrans, Hodgkiss, Moore.

Hull boss Phil Brown:
"People have made reference to it being a must-win situation. I don't think it is.

"It may be a must-win situation for West Brom, but for us it is rather one we can't afford to lose.

"We need to get something from the game. If it is one point that wouldn't be the end of the world, if it is three it puts a big gap between us and West Brom."

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray told BBC WM: "We've been there in the last two seasons and got good victories.

"We've got to go there and try and make it a hat-trick of wins at a relatively new stadium.

"It's a huge game that, first and foremost, we don't want to lose. They could go nine points away from us which would be a big ask.

"It's a big game for Hull because, if they were to lose, they'd be three points ahead of the team sitting bottom. That shows the tightness of the league."

 

BIG-MATCH FACTS

The two weakest defences in the highest league clash at the KC Stadium.

Hull are on the longest current losing streak in the Premier League of six matches, and face West Brom, who are just coming off their biggest defeat of the season, 0-5, home to Manchester United on Tuesday, and have lost eight away on the bounce.

The Tigers have won seven league games and the Baggies six, with one more goal scored, yet half a division lies between the clubs; Hull are 10th, West Brom rock bottom in 20th.

Hull have the opportunity of a Premier League double over West Brom, having won the reverse fixture 0-3 in October. It was the Tigers' fourth league win in a row and took them level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the table.

Distance between the clubs: 130 miles (209 kilometres)

 

CLUB FORM

HULL CITY

 

10th 27 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 9th
Lowest could fall: 11th

 

1. Pressing for a first point in seven Premier League matches, and a first win in eight.

2. Lost the last six against Sunderland (h), Manchester City (a), Aston Villa (h), Everton (a), Arsenal (h) and West Ham (a).

3. Their only wins in 10 in all competitions came in two of the last four outings, and were both in the FA Cup; away to Newcastle and home to Millwall.

4. The 2-1 home eclipse of Middlesbrough on 6 December was their only victory in 14 Premier League matches since accruing four wins on the bounce - the best run of top-flight form in the clubs 105-year history.

5. Failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 Premier League fixtures; the longest such sequence in the highest league.

6. Desperate to add to their three home league victories over Fulham, West Ham and Middlesbrough.

7. Yet to lose to a fellow promoted club this season.

8. Victory would secure the first of two possible Premier League doubles.

 


 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

20th 21 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's matches: 15th
Lowest could fall: 20th

 

1. Alternated between loss and victory in their last seven Premier League outings; must win to extend that sequence.

2. Picked up less than a point a game so far this season; 21 from 23.

3. One point down on this stage in the 2005-06 season when they were last in the Premier League and got relegated; four points up on the corresponding stage in 2002-03 when they also went down, but eight points up on 2004-05, the season they escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth.

4. Keen to add to their only away win of this top-flight campaign, at Middlesbrough on 27 September.

5. Scored just three goals in eight successive league defeats on the road, since the trip to the Riverside.

6. Yet to score a goal or take a point off a fellow promoted club this season.

7. A tricky trip to Turf Moor to play Burnley in an FA Cup fourth round replay follows this fixture, on Tuesday.

 

KEY PLAYER NOTES

HULL CITY

 

Michael TURNER is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Hull's Premier League matches this season.

Nick BARMBY needs a double to reach 100 club career goals.

If selected:-

Sam RICKETTS will be making his 100th league appearance for Hull.

Dean MARNEY will be playing on his 25th birthday.

Kevin KILBANE will be making his 450th career league appearance (Preston, West Brom, Sunderland, Everton, Wigan and Hull)

KILBANE will be playing on the eve of his 32nd birthday.

The veteran defender wiill also be facing a former club. KILBANE made 122 appearances (106 in the league) and scored 18 goals (15 league) for West Brom between June 1997 and December 1999.

 


 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

Scott CARSON is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of West Brom's Premier League matches this season.

Neil CLEMENT made five appearances on loan for Hull near the end of last season.

If on the field from the outset:-

Carl HOEFKENS will be making his 150th start for an English club (Stoke and West Brom).

Chris BRUNT will be making his 150th career league start (Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom).

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The last four league meetings between Hull and West Brom have all been won by the club playing away from home.

The Baggies are vying for a fourth successive league victory on Hull turf, having won at third league level in October 1992, and in the Championship in February 2007 and January 2008.

Home and away
League (inc PL): Hull 15 wins, WBA 16, Draws 12
Prem: Hull 1 win, WBA 0, Draws 0

at Hull only
League (inc PL): Hull 10 wins, WBA 6, Draws 5
Prem: Hull 0 wins, WBA 0, Draws 0

 

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Hull City
25 October 2008 - Ref: Lee Probert
Hull scorers: Zayatte 47, Geovanni 62, King 66

 

REFEREE

Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)