Hull City v West Ham: Five players under the spotlight

Hull City welcome West Ham to the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon with Hull looking to win two in two, whilst West Ham are looking for their first league win since the opening day.

Odds: Hull 7/5, Draw 23/10, West Ham 23/10

Hull are on a bit of a high at the moment and will be satisfied with their eight points from their opening five games, the latest of which came with a 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park. West Ham on the other hand will have been a bit down about things after leading twice against Everton but still managing to lose but bounced back in midweek to book a place in the fourth round of the League Cup after overcoming Cardiff City. Their points tally so far reads five points from five games.

Both sides have a couple of injury problems. Hull are without Maynor Figuero, Paul McShane and Robert Koren, whilst Andy Carroll is still sidelined for the Hammers, but they could welcome back Joe Cole and Stewart Downing.

Here are five players who might be under the spotlight on Saturday afternoon.

Stewart Downing

West Ham fans probably haven’t seen as much of Downing as they would have liked to this season, and there is chance he could be involved at the KC Stadium. Just how much of an effect will he have on the Hammers team?

Ravel Morrison

He has been talked about as player that has all the talent in the world, and given the start to his West Ham career that's something which is hard to deny as he has scored three goals in his six appearances. Will he have another telling influence on the game against Hull?

Sone Aluko

He’s a tricky player with plenty of talent and scored a wonderful winner for Hull against Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend. Can he produce something similar to make it two on the bounce for Hull?

Danny Graham

He must be desperate to end his goal drought as he hasn’t scored since January. Sooner or later that drought has got to end, will it be this weekend?

Ricardo Vaz Te

With West Ham having a bit of a headache up front at the start of this season, and given Vaz Te managed to find the target against Cardiff in midweek, will Sam Allardyce pick him again to see if he can get amongst the goals against Hull?

Last time they met

West Ham 2-1 Hull City – Championship, April 2012

West Ham were in the race for automatic promotion and had to win to have any hope of beating Southampton to second place. Two goals from Carlton Cole gave West Ham control of the game before Corry Evans headed home from six yards ten minutes from time. The Hammers held on but it wasn’t enough to win because of Southampton’s victory elsewhere, but ultimately it didn’t matter when West Ham were promoted via the play-offs.

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