Preview - Hull City

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When and where?

West Ham United v Hull City
Premier League
Saturday 17 December 2016, 3pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host Hull City at London Stadium on Saturday.

Slaven Bilic’s men beat Burnley on Wednesday thanks to Mark Noble’s goal right at the end of the opening period, and the 1-0 victory – West Ham’s first in seven games – took them up to 15th in the table.

Having drawn at Liverpool at the weekend, West Ham will want to extend their unbeaten run and move into the mid-table pack.

When the Hammers have kept a clean sheet this season, they have gone on to win on all four occasions by a single goal, so another solid defensive defensive display would be welcomed by Bilic.

Hull are back in London for the second time in three days after being defeated 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

They come into the game 19th in the table, four points behind the Hammers with 12 from their opening 16 games.

A 2-1 win against Southampton in early November has been followed by two draws and three defeats, as Mike Phelan’s team have found life tough on their return to the Premier League.

Team news

West Ham welcomed Andy Carroll back into their starting XI for the first time since the opening day of the season in midweek, and the No9 could start again against Hull.

Simone Zaza and Gokhan Tore are out with knee injuries, while James Collins is sidelined with a calf problem.

For Hull, the Tigers have no new injury concerns to report, although Will Keane, Abel Hernandez and Moses Odubajo remain out.

Dieumerci Mbokani is available again after serving a three-match suspension.

Any links between the two?

Hull assistant boss Neil McDonald served in the same role during Sam Allardyce’s four-year reign in the Hammers’ hot seat. 

Another former West Ham coach is also on the Tigers’ backroom staff, as goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms linked up with the KCOM Stadium side this season.

Hammers skipper Mark Noble spent time on loan with Hull City as a youngster, playing five league games in the 2005/06 season.

How do I get to the game?

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Please be aware that there are some alterations to walking routes from Stratford station for this game. Click here for full details.

The latest travel news on the Tubes, London Overground, TfL Rail and roads can be found here. If you’re travelling by National Rail, click here for the latest news.

How can I watch the game?

Saturday’s match is not being broadcast live in the UK. However, you can follow all the action as it happens on, with live audio commentary, social media updates, in-running stats, photos and more. Don’t forget you can get involved in the conversation on social using the hashtag #WHUHUL