The Hammers failed to taste victory in March and will hope to get back to winning ways when April gets underway with their game against the Tigers
West Ham have been in crisis mode in recent weeks. Slaven Bilic’s side failed to win any of their matches in March, and last recorded a victory on February 4, beating Southampton 3-1 away from home.
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Since that date, the Hammers have collected two points from five matches and consequently sit 12th in the Premier League table, nine points clear of 18th-placed Hull City.
Though relegation seems an unlikely proposition, Bilic remains under intense scrutiny and will be hopeful of recording a victory as the club attempts to return to the top 10.
WEST HAM INJURIES
West Ham are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, with six players set to miss out on the encounter with Hull.
Captain Mark Noble is likely to return from a dead leg, but fellow midfielder Pedro Obiang is set to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
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Central defender Winston Reid will certainly be on the sidelines with a groin injury, while Michail Antonio will also miss out. Reports have suggested he could return from a hamstring problem in time for next week’s encounter with Arsenal, but Goal understands that such reports are premature.
Angelo Ogbonna, Gokhan Tore and Diafra Sakho are long-term injury absentees.
WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS
West Ham do not currently have any players suspended.
POTENTIAL WEST HAM LINE-UP
Injuries have ravaged West Ham’s starting XI, but Noble will return to midfield, though he will be without Obiang to partner him.
Jose Fonte will likely be partnered by James Collins at centre-back, with Reid certainly injured.
Though Alvaro Arbeloa has seemingly been exiled, the Spaniard could yet be recalled to play at right-back, with Cheikhou Kouyate moving into central midfield, but it is perhaps more likely that Robert Snodgrass will play in a deeper position than his usual No.10 role.
Andy Carroll will likely continue up front, with Antonio in support.
HULL CITY TEAM NEWS
Hull are currently battling hard against relegation and sit three points adrift of 17th-placed Swansea City, meaning every game between now and the end of the season has taken on an added importance.
The Tigers are hamstrung, however, by a similar batch of injuries to that inflicted upon West Ham. Goalkeeper David Marshall is a doubt for the encounter, with a hip injury, while Michael Dawson could also miss the encounter with a calf strain.
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Dieumerci Mbokani is still injured, with a hamstring problem, while Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Ryan Mason are long-term absentees.
January signing Evandro Goebel, however, is slated to return in early April and could make the matchday squad following a calf injury.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Hull City have never lost a home Premier League match against the Hammers (W2, D2)
West Ham are unbeaten in their last four Premier League clashes with Hull (W3, D1), keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
Andy Carroll has played the full 90 minutes in each of West Ham United’s last three Premier League games – he hasn’t done this in four successive games in the competition since April 2014.
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The game is due to kick off at 15:00 on Saturday, and will not be televised live in the UK. Highlights will be broadcast on Match of the Day at 22:30 on BBC One.