Steve Bruce will be anxious ahead of his side’s trip to Everton on Wednesday evening as Hull City’s form increasingly worsened with a 3-0 thrashing at Old Trafford in their previous Premier League fixture.
Tigers fans will be anticipating the New Year more than ever before, so their 2014 record suggests with just six wins in a staggering 32 Premier League games.
It’s certainly a worrying statistic for Bruce to have in mind; however, Everton’s shaky start to the season may lighten the mood slightly ahead of their away trip where they will search for their second victory on the road this season in attempt to proceed from that opening day thriller at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers.
Both teams struggling for form
Ever since that game in west London, there just seems to have been landslide of misery for Hull with defeats coming at them thick and fast. In fact, the side have only won one game in all competitions since August 16 when they were dominant over Crystal Palace at the start of October.
Then again, as mentioned earlier, Everton have been no role models in terms of their own form. Just four wins from 13 Premier League games this season have slumped the Toffees into an uncomfortable 10th place as Roberto Martinez is desperately trying to rescue any European hopes.
Mohamed Besic looks set to deputise as he did so comfortably against Spurs on Sunday despite a damaging 2-1 defeat. The Bosnian is currently standing in for the injured Arsenal target James McCarthy who is being strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Antolin Alcaraz remains a long-term absentee with a dislocated shoulder while youngster John Stones is on the road to a recovery from a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
Hull are expected to make a bundle of adjustments to their squad as Bruce still endeavours to find his strongest team. The fatigue of Hatem Ben Arfa could offer Sone Aluko with the opportunity to make his first league start of the season while Abel Hernandez is still in Uruguay spending time with his girlfriend and new born baby.