​West Ham travel to Hull on Saturday aiming to arrest their recent slump in form, losing their last three Premier League games on the bounce. Manager Slaven Bilic has had to entertain another dressing down from the board, who have insisted on an upturn in results. 


Marco Silva's side will be gunning for the three points as they look to keep their survival hopes intact. The Tigers have looked strong at the KCOM since the Portuguese man took over, winning four times and drawing once. 


History


Hull City and West Ham have meet nine times in the Premier League with the Hammers winning the last five in a row. The Tigers have registered just two wins against the east Londoners in the Premier League - both on home soil.

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This season's reverse fixture was decided by a Mark Noble penalty as Bilic's side claimed a 1-0 win at the London Stadium, just before the turn of the year. In all competitions, the sides have met a total of 46 times with West Ham winning 20 to Hull's 11. 


Team News


Tom Huddlestone misses out for the hosts after he was sent off in Hull's last game - a 4-0 thrashing at Everton before the international break. The holding midfielder will miss the games against Middlesbrough and Manchester City as well. 

Everton v Hull City - Premier League

Michael Dawson is expected to return to full training this week but Saturday's game will be too soon for the former Tottenham defender. Goalkeeper David Marshall is expected back after a hip complaint forced him to withdraw from the Scotland squad during the week. 


West Ham will be hopeful Mark Noble returns to full fitness. The captain is set to make his 399th appearance for the club and has often proved pivotal for Slaven Bilic's side this year. Winston Reid and Michail Antonio are also absent with groin and hamstring injuries respectively. Pedro Obiang is out for the remainder of the season; picking up an ankle injury in the 3-2 defeat to Leicester City. 

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Key Battles


Andrea Ranocchia vs Robert Snodgrass


Robert Snodgrass has been in terrific form for both sides throughout the 2016/17 campaign. The Scotland international chalked up nine goals whilst a Hull player this year before making a £6m switch to east London in January. 


The owner of one of English football's most cultured left feet, Snodgrass will be looking to remind his old side what they are missing as West Ham seek out the three points. 

West Ham United v Manchester City - Premier League

Trying to thwart the 29-year-old will likely be Andrea Ranocchia. The Italian defender moved to Humberside on loan from Inter and has been a welcome addition for Marco Silva.


Slotting in well at the heart of a back three, Ranocchia is expected to occupy the right-hand side and will be strongly advised about the dangers posed by Snodgrass. 


Curtis Davies vs Andy Carroll


Curtis Davies has been one of Hull's best players this season and he'll need to be at his best to stop the imposing threat of Andy Carroll. The former Luton defender seems to thrive when jostling against the Premier League's more menacing attackers and Saturday will be no different. 


Carroll has been plagued by injury once again throughout 2016/17, but will be hoping to get some goals under his belt before the season is out. With that said, the former Liverpool and Newcastle man has contributed 6 Premier League goals in 15 appearances.

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Nonetheless, it promises to be a key battle between the pair  and if either side are to get anything from the game, Davies or Carroll will likely be involved. 


Prediction


Hull City will be primed for an assault on the West Ham defence from the first whistle as Marco Silva will want to demonstrate his side's intent. There's a good vibe around the KCOM at the moment, with victories over Swansea and Liverpool in recent weeks highlighting the Tigers lust for survival. 


Slaven Bilic appears to have more pressure on him as the board have encouraged the Croat to oversee more positive results. At this time of the season, with the Londoners in 12th position, it's hard to pinpoint which West Ham will turn up. 

West Ham United v Hull City - Premier League

However, expect an end-to-end affair but a fairly low scoreline - with the home side just nicking it to heap more misery on Bilic. 


Hull City 2-1 West Ham United