Premier League Preview: Everton Vs. Hull City
Premier League Preview: Everton Vs. Hull City, Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday 7th March 2010, 1600GMT.
Phil Brown's Tigers, travel to Liverpool to take on David Moyes, Everton side in Sunday's only fixture.
When the Toffee's played the Tigers in November of last year the famous old Merseyside club were in a very poor vein of form with some serious injuries to key players. The East Yorkshire side were riding high in the midst of their best run of form so far this season.
The Tigers ran out as deserved 3-2 winners that day, scoring three goals in the first thirty minutes of the game.
However, things have changed since then for both teams. At that time in the season both clubs were on 15 points and struggling in the league but as players have regained fitness the Evertonian's have steadily climbed the table sitting in tenth place, with 14 more points than the Tigers.
Hull City boss, Brown will be without the services of Craig Fagan who is serving a one game ban for two yellow cards in the 3-0 loss to West Ham two weeks ago, and stalwart defender Anthony Gardner who will be out for at least the next six weeks with a ankle injury sustained in the same fixture.
However, Brown could call on talismanic midfielder Jimmy Bullard who has had a number of successful runs out for the reserves recently along with Geovanni the mercurial Brazilian, but the Tigers top scorer Stephen Hunt is a doubt after suffering a foot injury and is expected to be given a late fitness test.
David Moyes also has some doubts for the clash with Leon Osman who has had a foot injury and Phil Jagielka (thigh) possibly returning to the first team squad. Moyes could also be buoyed by the return of Australian Tim Cahill who has been out for the last three weeks with a calf complaint.
Phillippe Senderos and James Vaughan are expected to be given fitness tests but the Sunday afternoon clash may come too soon, but Louis Saha will definitely miss the match with a thigh injury.
With the Tigers having won no away games so far this season Phil Brown will be hoping that the return of Jimmy Bullard can turn around things for the Yorkshiremen. The loss of Anthony Gardner will mean that Brown will have to shuffle his pack, with a probable return to the centre back position for Kamil Zayette to partner French U21 international Steven Mouyokolo.
Moyes too will have to restructure his side but with a victory it will give the Merseysiders the chance to leapfrog both Fulham and Birmingham and put them within striking distance of Aston Villa and local rivals Liverpool in the Europa Cup places.
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