Hull v Everton: Match preview

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Both teams will head into this clash with an overload of injury issues and suspensions and their recent forms have both slumped as a consequence of this.

Everton have won just once in seven games in all competitions throughout November and yet another concerning defeat against Newcastle on Sunday will raise the stakes for the upcoming New Years Day clash with Steve Bruce's Hull City side who also have won just once in their previous seven games.

The ex-Sunderland boss will be without the suspended Tom Huddlestone who sits his last game out whilst Michael Dawson, Mo Diame and Robert Snodgrass are on the sidelines for much longer.

Both managers dealing with big injury problems

But the absentee list has grown even longer for the Tigers. Andy Robertson may feature at a stretch but Gaston Ramirez is the latest casualty with a groin issue sustained in the 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City.

It is a similar situation for Roberto Martinez however. Tim Howard has been devastatingly ruled out for six weeks which gives Joel Robles the chance to prove his credentials.

Martinez has to make changes

Key assets Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman are expected to be rested whilst they fully recover from injuries, but a long awaited full return could be rewarded to John Stones who has been absent since the Merseyside derby in late September.

Should Roberto Martinez want to win the match, unlike the Newcastle defeat, he will include Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas in the starting line-up; a key factor as why to they lost the tie on Sunday.

But the Spaniard's tactical decisions have not been as sharp as we saw last season as the Toffee's lie uncharacteristically in 12th position.

The same can be said for Steve Bruce and Hull however. Just three wins all season have been taken and they are hovering dangerously above to drop zone; a zone in which they have just escaped courtesy of a Boxing Day triumph at the Stadium of Light.

Roberto Martinez explained to the media on Tuesday: "We have become a bit more open and exposed in terms of conceding goals. That's from errors and bad luck but we need to get rid of that negative momentum."

"Hull are a little bit suffering with confidence and started the season with huge expectations after reaching the FA Cup final."

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