Hull City’s James Chester on facing West Ham United’s Andy Carroll in Premier League

Andy Carroll

West Ham United and Hull City will take on each other in the Premier League on Sunday.

Hull City defender James Chester has told London24.com that he is looking forward to facing West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.

The Tigers will take on the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League on Sunday.

“Andy is someone I have played against since I was eight or nine growing up at Man United while he was at Newcastle - he always seems to have been that tall!” London24.com quotes the 25-year-old centre-back as saying. “Hopefully I have played against him enough to know how to deal with it.

“On the ground he’s no different to anybody else but obviously it’s his height that causes the problem, but if you can get close to him and get people around him it’s a way of counter-acting that.

“I have played against him for a long time but it’s going to be a difficult game as he has been in such great form.”

Carroll will head into Sunday’s encounter in London in good form, having scored a brilliant goal against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League last weekend.

The England international has scored four goals and created 10 chances in 11 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 64% and a shot accuracy of 33%.

Former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker Carroll is likely to start against Hull on Sunday, and he will be tough to mark.

The 26-year-old has used his stature to good effect so far this campaign, and it will be interesting to see if Chester’s strategy of getting men close to him and getting them around him would work.

West Ham will head into the game placed seventh in the Premier League table with 33 points from 21 matches, while Hull are third from bottom with just 19 points.

The Tigers are defensively vulnerable, and one should not be surprised if Carroll scores a goal or two against them.

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