Hoping to continue their ascent up the table, West Ham United have another home fixture Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium when they take on Hull City.
Manager Slaven Bilic has named an unchanged side from Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley, the first Premier League win for the Hammers in almost two months.
Once again, the quintet of James Collins, Diafro Sakho, Sam Byram, Simone Zaza and Gokhan Tore are unavailable for the Croatian tactician.
For their opponents Hull, manager Mike Phelan has bruising forward Dieumerci Mbokani back from suspension and in his starting lineup. But club record signing Abel Hernandez is still out with a groin injury. Also absent for the Tigers are Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Moses Odubajo, Will Keane and Greg Luer.
Besides Hull’s current struggling form, the trends favor West Ham to obtain back to back victories. The Irons have won six straight home matches against Hull City, while their visitors have also lost their last six away trips in the Premier League with four consecutive goalless displays.
But nothing has been a guarantee for West Ham this season, so we’ll see if those patterns continue or break.
Match Info, How to Watch on TV, Online
Date/Time: Saturday, December 17, 3:00 London Time, 10:00 AM ET
Venue: London Stadium, London, England
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Live Extra, on TV and online (America). Due to UK 3 PM rules, the match will not be televised live domestically in Britain.
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (America)