Premier League Preview: Hull City v. Everton

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst INovember 24, 2009

HULL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  Leon Osman of Everton looks for a way through the Hull City defence during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Hull City and Everton at the KC Stadium on September 23, 2009 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Hull City vs Everton, Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull, England, Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 19:45GMT.

David Moyes' Everton team take the trip to East Yorkshire with the decent away record of six points from six games. The valuable points were from two of this season's strugglers, West Ham and Portsmouth.

Moyes will be hoping that they can gain another three valuable points at the expense of Phil Brown's Hull City team.

The Tigers' home form has been much better of late with 11 points from seven games, with three wins, two draws and two losses. The Tigers haven't lost at home in over a month when they lost by four goals to nil against Everton in the Carling Cup. However, on that day Brown fielded an under-strength side including three of the club's young prospects.

The Tigers are without a number of key players for the clash, most notably Seyi Olofinjana—who suffered a hamstring injury whilst away on international duty with Nigeria in Kenya and is expected to be out for up to a month. Dean Marney is expected to fill his role again as he did at the weekend.

Hull City right back Bernard Mendy is also out suspended after getting sent off against West Ham at the weekend in the 3-3 draw. Paul McShane is expected to replace the attack-minded defender to give the side some much needed stability at the back.

Brown will be looking to give Boaz Myhill a late fitness test on his injured knee but may stick with Matt Duke who has performed well as Myhill's understudy. The Tigers will still be without inspirational skipper Ian Ashbee who isn't expected to return until next year.

Everton will be without the services of midfielder Marouane Fellaini who is suspended for picking up five bookings this season. Fellaini was instrumental in Everton's victory over the Tigers at Goodison Park last season, scoring a dubious goal from an offside position.

He was also lucky to be on the pitch after a series of very serious incidents which many Hull City fans and neutrals alike felt warranted a red card.

The Toffees will also be without the influential Mikel Arteta who is still suffering with a knee injury. The Liverpool club's long injury list also includes James Vaughan, Steven Pienaar, Phil Neville, Victor Anichebe, and Phil Jageilka, who are all out with knee injuries.

However, Steven Pienaar could be set for a return in time for Everton's derby clash against local rivals Liverpool next Sunday. Leon Osman is also a doubt due to an ankle injury.

Moyes will be hoping that despite the long injury list and the 3-0 drubbing that his players received at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend, that they will be able to bounce back and beat fellow strugglers Hull City.

However, Brown will be hoping that his charges will be able to maintain their current run of good form that has seen the club score five goals in two games.