To be played on Saturday 19th October 2013 at 15:00.
Everton 5/11, Draw 7/2, Hull City 8/1
Everton will enter this game looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Manchester City before the international. They face an inform Hull City team who have won three of their last six games and will be looking to secure their first big upset win of the season.
Roberto Martinez’s side will want to carry on their good form, despite the loss last time out, and keep their campaign for top four football going. Hull on the other hand are delighted with their start to the season, after a difficult opening game they have picked up some form and now sit eighth in the league. It should be an entertaining game to watch
Everton were dealt a blow during the week when midfielder Darron Gibson tore his ACL while playing for the Republic of Ireland and he is expected to miss the rest of the season. Although Martinez is confident that he can return before the end of the campaign.
The Toffees will still be without Steven Pienaar for the Hull game, Martinez said that he would return for the Aston Villa game after having missed the past five games with a soft tissue injury he picked up in training.
Hull City have a relatively clean bill of health for the trip to Goodison Park apart from a few long term absentees.
On loan striker Romelu Lukaku is the top goalscorer for Everton this season with four goals, whilst Robbie Brady heads the scoring charts for Hull.
Everton’s home record: Played 3, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 0, Goals For 4, Goals Against 2
Hull’s away record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 3, Goals Against 6
Everton had 46% of the possession in their last match. A 3-1 defeat at Manchester City
Hull had 45% of the possession in their last match. A 0-0 loss at home to Aston Villa
Everton’s last six games: 3 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss
Hull’s last six games: 3 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss
Five players to watch:
The on loan Chelsea striker has been on fire since arriving at Goodison Park on deadline day. He has given Premier League defences nightmares with his size and strength, this week looks to be no different as he faces newly promoted Hull City.
Barkley has started the season in great form and seems to be creating a strong partnership with Lukaku in the Everton attack. This is his first season where he has a place in the starting eleven and it seems as though he is making the chance count. If he can make some of his attacking runs and show of his passing vision it could be a long day for Hull.
Graham hasn’t had the best of times since moving to Hull and he will be aiming to end his goal drought in the Premier League when his side travels to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
After a slow start to the season Aluko is settling in to Hull and the Premier League, he started the campaign by missing a few guilt edge chances but that didn’t slow him down. He scored what could be one of the goals of the season against Newcastle a few weeks ago. His pace and trickery will be very important against a strong Everton defence.
The American goalkeeper has been nothing but consistent during his time with Everton. It will be interesting to see how he stands up against, what could be, a very tricky Hull City attack. There’s no doubt that he will be vocal towards his defence.
Last time they met: N/A
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