Hull are having some issues off the field with Goerge Boyd being hit with a spitting charge by the FA on Wednesday and chairman Assem Allam threatening to leave in his attempt to change the club’s name to ‘Hull Tigers’. However they now go into a favorable run of fixtures after their 2-0 home loss to Manchester City starting with this relegation six pointer with West Brom. Steve Bruce’s men should retain the same lineup in that loss and look to Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic to get the goals.
West Bromwich Albion (3-5-2): Foster, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Reid, Sessegnon, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Thievy, Anichebe
Pepe Mel gave a huge sigh of relief when he recorded his first win in charge of the Baggies against Swansea at the Liberty last weekend. They now travel to the KC Stadium hoping to continue their push away from the bottom and the manager may stick with the same 3-5-2 that gave him the points away at Swansea. Olsson will however miss the clash after getting his 10th yellow card of the season, forcing Ridgewell – who played left wing back – in the center of defence and Andy Reid to fill the left midfield berth.
Why would Hull City wanna change there name to Hull Tigers? They sound like a Echo league team
— Reece Enever (@OVOReece) March 18, 2014
— Jack Phillips (@PhillipsWBA) March 18, 2014
Bernard Mendy scores with a good finish against West Brom back in the 2008/2009 season.
Hull City had a major coup in bringing Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham in the summer, distributing the ball and controlling the Tiger’s midfield in every game he has featured. With one goal and one assist in the last three games, the 4.8 budget priced midfielder could be a smart pick before a favorable run of fixtures.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion: An Alternative Preview
None of the last six league meetings between Hull and West Brom have ended as a home win, the last two being draws and the previous four away wins.
West Brom have won three and drawn one of their last four away games against the Tigers.
Just 10% of Hull’s goals have been scored in the final 15 minutes of games this season, the lowest proportion in the top flight.
West Brom have had 16 different scorers this season in the Premier League, the joint-most along with Arsenal.
Hull’s top scorers in the Premier League this season have just three goals apiece (Jelavic, Brady & Livermore).
The Baggies ended a run of 10 away games (D4 L6) without a win last time out with a victory over Swansea.
Hull have won none of their last five Premier League home games (W0 D1 L4) and have scored just two goals in that run.
Nikica Jelavic has already attempted the most shots on target (15) and overall (34) for Hull City in the Premier League this season, despite only appearing eight times for the Tigers.
Hull City have seen more opponents (6) sent off than any other team in the Premier League this season.
Four of the last six Premier League goals scored by West Brom have been netted by substitutes.