Hull v Everton: Premier League preview
Bottom side Hull host Everton at the KCOM Stadium on Friday night, kicking off six consecutive days of Premier League action.
Mike Phelan’s side suffered their fourth loss in five matches on Boxing Day, losing 3-0 to Man City. Curtis Davies scored an own goal deep into stoppage time.
Regardless of the result, Hull will end the year inside the bottom three, though they do have a chance to leapfrog Swansea and Sunderland with a win on Friday.
3 at the back for Everton?
Ronald Koeman lined up with three at the back against Leicester, and the change in formation seemed to work. Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines were used as wing-backs in the Toffees’ 2-0 away win.
Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring before Romelu Lukaku bagged his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
Koeman is likely to stick to the new system which saw Everton keep their first clean sheet in eight matches.
A win for the Toffees will close the gap on Manchester United to four points.
The match against Hull provides Everton with the opportunity to win back-to-back matches in the Premier League for the first time since September.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor comes back into contention for the Tigers after returning to training last week.
Alex Bruce and Abel Hernandez are targeting January returns.
Hull have a number of players with long-term injuries, including Will Keane and Brian Lenihan.
Maarten Stekelenburg is out for Everton after suffering a dead leg in the Merseyside Derby. Joel Robles started on Boxing Day.
Phil Jagielka was rested at Leicester and is likely to come in for Mason Holgate.
James McCarthey remains out with a hamstring injury, while Mo Besic and Yannick Bolasie are long-term absentees.
Arouna Kone is struggling for match fitness and is unlikely to feature.