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04/04/2017 at 19:10

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PREVIEW: Hull City v Middlesbrough

Andrea Ranocchia's late, late header against the Hammers, that witnessed Hull City come from behind on Saturday to win 2-1, really set the cat among the pigeons at the bottom of the Premier League table. Just four days on - and the Tigers are hosting relegation rivals Middlesbrough. A win for the home side here, could well signal a virtually impossible tasks for the bottom two clubs to survive in the top flight - and drag the entire bottom half of the table into an unexpected and unwelcome relegation fight. 

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If that wasn't motivation enough for the home side, depending on results, City could actually find themselves blinking under the bright lights of safety above the dotted line for the first time in months if they can back up their win over West Ham. Manager Marco Silva has a proud home record to preserve, unbeaten here since arriving - a personal home run that stretches beyond three years with his previous clubs. Omar Elabdellaoui misses out again with a back strain, but Evandro could make a timely return after a calf injury.

Caretaker Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew cuts a familiar figure in the dugout here, after serving Steve Bruce once upon a time. But the visitors haven't won in 12 matches now and face a City side yet to lose a home match in 6 attempts against anyone in the bottom half. Add to that, Middlesbrough have lost their lost three visits here and have not scored away in 2017 yet. Whatever the visitors do, ex-Tiger Gaston Ramirez is doubtful, while Calum Chambers, George Friend and Fabio are ruled out with injury. 

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