West Ham v Hull Preview

PUBLISHED: 11:11 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 05 October 2010

West Ham take on Hull at Upton Park in a game that will go a fair way to decide where West Ham finish in the table

The opposition.

HULL are in poor form, but will come into Saturday's match at Upton Park full of confidence despite a mid-week 1-0 defeat to Bolton.

After going without a win since late November, the Humberside outfit beat Manchester City 2-1 two weeks ago at the KC Stadium and strikers Jozy Altidore and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are starting to cause problems for defences.

Both scored in the win over City with the power and aerial threat of the pair something that West Ham will have to keep an eye on.

Stephen Hunt is their most industrious player and whether it be Herita Ilunga or Jon Spector who plays left-back, it is essential they keep the Irishman out of the game as much as they can.

They have been in or around the relegation zone all season, and are yet to win on their travels this season.

The manager.

NOT without his critics, Phil Brown (pictured above) was allegedly on the verge of the sack after Hull made a terrible start to the season.

Widely criticised last season after his half-time team talk on the pitch and his cringeworthy performance on the microphone after their survival last term.

A win 3-2 win over Everton allegedly saved his job and although there was talk of financial problems in the press, he has not had to sell key players.

They, however have only won one game since then and the pressure will be on to get at least a draw out of Saturday's match.

Form guide

West Ham home: WDLWD.

Hull away: LLDDL

West Ham overall: WLDDD

Hull overall: LWDDL

Recent meetings

THE pair played out a 3-3 draw at the KC Stadium in November.

West Ham led 2-0 through Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison, before two goals from Jimmy Bullard, and a Kamil Zayatte strike put Hull 3-2 to the good until Manuel Da Costa equalised.

Last season Hull beat West Ham 1-0 at the KC thanks to a Michael Turner goal, although West Ham won 2-0 at Upton Park due to strikes from the now departed David Di Michele and Carlton Cole.

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