Match Preview: Everton v Hull City

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Everton grabbed a point at the KC in December, with Ross Barkley heading a late equaliser in last game of 2016. The return fixture sees City travel to Goodison Park this Saturday with a different manager, and a vastly different team to that which took to the field at the end of last year.

City have no new injury concerns, although a lack of strikers is an issue for Marco Silva. Dieumerci Mbokani is still out with a hamstring injury, and last Saturday’s goal-scoring hero Oumar Niasse will be unavailable against his parent club.

This leaves Hernandez and Diomande to choose from, but it’s doubtful that Silva will start with two upfront away from home. Jarrod Bowen could also feature.

Markus Henriksen was announced as a surprise inclusion in the Norway squad on Wednesday, but it’s unlikely that he’ll feature for The Tigers before the international break.

Everton also have no new injuries following their thumping 3-0 win over West Brom, which featured goals from Mirallas, Schneiderlin, and Lukaku.

Centre-Back Ramiro Funes Mori will be unavailable for the Toffees though, as he serves the last game of his disciplinary suspension.

Everton sit seventh in the table on 47 points, and have a very good home record. You have to go back to Monday 19th December for their last home defeat, which was against local rivals Liverpool.

The home side are strong favourites with the bookies, with City being quoted as longs as 5/1 for the away win.

 

 Mark Sellers    (@mrmarksellers)

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