Both Burnley and Hull will go into this weekend's game desperate to win, having failed to pick up a victory in a significant amount of time; however, that is clearer for Burnley who are still awaiting their first triumph the season.
The Tigers won't be looking forward to their trip to Turf Moor as the Clarets are the bogey team of Steve Bruce's side.
Of course, Burnley fans who made the journey to East Yorkshire five seasons ago should remember their biggest Premier League victory with the final score coming in at 4-1 to the visitors.
Jelavic still out
But Hull have come a long way since the days where Kamil Zayatte was a part of the back line with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink up front. Now with the services of Curtis Davies and Abel Hernandez in their side, Sean Dyche's side may be a little more wary ahead of this tie.
However, the hosts will be thankful of the remaining absence of Nikica Jelavic who has just fallen short of a return despite his return to training this week. Also making their way back out onto the pitch at the Cottingham based training ground are goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Steve Harper who are both looking to make rapid recoveries.
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Defenders Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson will also miss the trip to the delight of Burnley, as does Robert Snodgrass who remains a long-term absentee.
Gaston Ramirez will make a return into the Hull side after missing their previous game against parent club Southampton through ineligibility.
Bruce promises improvement
Whilst on the topic of that embarrassing 1-0 defeat to the Saints last week, in a press conference on Friday morning, Steve Bruce clarified that his side will have to be much better than in their previous game.
"We were good in areas but on the whole it was shameful to watch," he admitted. "When we put our minds to it, we can be one of the best teams in the league without a doubt. Last week was just something that I hope we can bounce back from."
Burnley are still without the services of Sam Vokes and Matthew Taylor respectively but could see their fully-missed defender Steven Reid return to the starting line-up from a groin injury.
You have to go all the way down to Burton Cleeve FC to find a team that hasn't won a game yet in England. I know what you're thinking. So, with that in mind, Sean Dyche will be urging his improving side to go out and claim all three points.
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