West Brom v Hull City: Match preview

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Of course, the major talking point ahead of West Brom v Hull is the arrival of Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns after the sacking of Alan Irvine due to a poor run of results.

His debut in charge of West Brom was a success last week as his new side slaughtered non-league Gateshead 7-0 in the FA Cup.

Much to the anger of the Baggies fans, Saido Berahino has been left on the bench regularly in recent weeks by Irvine, but his impressive four goals in that 7-0 butchering should be more than enough to persuade his new boss to offer him with a starting position in the hope that they can hit the target on a more regular basis in the league.

West Brom injury concerns

Their third round victory in the cup saw them score more goals than they have in their previous ten Premier League games.

Jonas Olsson looks set for more disappointment as an ongoing Achilles issue is causing the Swedish defender with some serious discomfort whilst doctors will also be assessing Craig Gardener right up to the game after he has missed the last two games through injury.

Hull also blighted by injury problems

Injuries are also problem that are certainly going against Steve Bruce’s Hull City side. It was revealed during the week that Mo Diame has a rare case of a stress fracture that only affects seven people in the world and that factor could devastatingly rule him out for the rest of the season.

Sone Aluko picked up a minor injury against Arsenal in the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal on Sunday which should see him on the sidelines for just this game, but Andy Robertson, Liam Rosenior and Gaston Ramirez are less fortunate with lengthy spells out.

But if there is anything for Steve Bruce to be looking forward to, it should be the return of Michael Dawson who made his last appearance at Stamford Bridge where he picked up a nasty knock in early December whilst Nikica Jelavic has thankfully recovered from an illness which prevented him from travelling to the Emirates last week.

Crucial fixture

The Tigers have just come off a positive 2-0 win against Everton in their previous league game and although they were beaten by Leicester City, they beat Sunderland comfortably on Boxing Day.

With two wins in their previous three games, it seems that their form is on the up, and the former Manchester United defender will be out to stop one of his managerial rivals in gaining such a confidence boost which could lead to a relegation escape success story in the East Midlands.

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