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Saturday 29 April 2017

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Match Preview: Everton v Hull City

Saturday 18/March/2017 - 01:01 PM
Sada El Balad
Everton will face Saturday Hull City in the 29th fixture of the English Premier League at Goodison Park Stadium in Walton، Liverpool، England، at 5pm Cairo time، BBC reported.

TEAM NEWS

Everton left-back Leighton Baines should be fit after recovering from the back problem he suffered last weekend.

Muhamed Besic lacks fitness after a lengthy lay-off and James McCarthy، who has a hamstring injury، is also out.

Hull are without Everton loanee Oumar Niasse، who is ineligible against his parent club، while Evandro is again absent with a calf problem.

Markus Henriksen is back in training after a shoulder injury but is unlikely to feature on Saturday.

Michael Dawson، Dieumerci Mbokani and Ryan Mason remain sidelined.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Everton manager Ronald Koeman on the future of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley: "If Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition I would not be manager.

"But I am not so afraid about his [Lukaku's] situation because the player has more than two years on his contract. Everyone knows what can happen in football but you need to respect your contract.

"Ross [Barkley] is a boy from Everton and what we need to show for him is the best reasons to stay، and of course his situation is different because his [contract] is running out next season.

"Football is a business and you make decisions at the end of the season. He needs to sign a new contract، if not you need to sell the player. It is not an ultimatum but that is normal - that is business."

Hull City head coach Marco Silva: "Of course we do need to improve our performance away. In some [away] games we have improved، we've shown progress، but the results achieved are not the best.

"Only against Man United [a 0-0 draw] we had a very good result، but the others no، and our last performance away against Leicester was not the best، that's clear.

"We need to improve this situation and we've worked this week in a bid to take points."

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Hull's only win away to Everton was 2-0 in the second tier in 1952.

The Tigers are unbeaten in their last three games against the Toffees، although two of those matches ended in draws.

Everton

Their form is the best in the division since the turn of the year، earning 20 points and scoring 22 goals in nine matches.

The Blues have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League home matches - against Liverpool on 19 December.

Everton could win six league matches in a row at home for the first time since April 2014.
Romelu Lukaku has been involved in 24 Premier League goals this season (19 goals and five assists) - a total bettered only by Alexis Sanchez، who has had a hand in 26 goals.

Lukaku can become the first Evertonian to score at least 20 league goals in a single season since Gary Lineker scored 30 in 1985-86.

Ross Barkley has created 64 chances in the Premier League this term، his highest ever total in a single season.

Hull City

The Tigers are winless in their last 13 Premier League away games (D2، L11).

Hull have claimed 11 points from eight league matches since Marco Silva's appointment، but only one of those points has been won on the road.

No current Hull City player has scored more than one Premier League away goal this season.

Hull City have conceded a league-high 69% of their goals in the second half of matches (37 of 54).

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