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29/12/2016 at 22:29

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PREVIEW: Hull City v Everton

This calendar year has rapidly gone down hill as the year end approaches for Hull City. Looking good for automatic promotion at the turn of the year, before spluttering into a play-off place as boardroom stress intensified, it was a minor miracle City mustered the mettle to win at Wembley and reclaim their Premier League place. But with the Allams continuing at the club when allegedly desperate to sell, the inevitable decline has commenced - and matters are only going to get worse unless radical changes at the top occur. 

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The Tigers lost on Boxing Day - 0-3 to Manchester City - but that didn't disclose the full picture. A good performance was punished in the latter stages with a moment of madness, while the week before, West Ham voted their post as man of the match after Hull City rattled it more times than anyone cares to remember. There's no fresh injury concerns, so Mike Phelan is likely to keep the side that genuinely needs rewarding with points for their efforts, rather than enduring yet another hard luck story.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been wily enough to recognise how City have played in their last two matches and has warned the match is set to be difficult for his side. Frankly, aside from the Toffees themselves, all reasonable Hull City fans would accept a woeful performance this time round - if it brings 3 points. Hell, we bleeding deserve it. Everton will not be full strength for the match, as keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is sidelined with injury so Joel Robles deputises. James McCarthy, Bryan Oviedo, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic are also ruled out. 

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