Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham United v Hull City

Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between West Ham United and Hull City at the Boleyn Ground.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has backed West Ham United to win against Hull City in his BBC Sport column.

The Hammers will head into today’s Premier League clash at the Boleyn Ground as favourites, and Lawrenson expects them to pick up all three points with ease.

The 57-year-old has predicted a 2-0 win for West Ham and wrote in his column on BBC Sport: “Injuries to Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez mean Hull are short of strikers. The Tigers will still be very competitive but you cannot see where their goals are going to come from without that pair.

“West Ham have gone four games without a win in the league and did not play well in their FA Cup replay win over Everton but they got through it in the end, which will be a boost.

“They showed again how they can change things round when they need to when they brought Carlton Cole on to score their all-important equaliser, and I think they will have too much for Hull.”

Many football followers will agree with Lawrenson’s prediction, and indeed it will be somewhat of a surprise if West Ham slip up today.

Sam Allardyce’s side have struggled for points and results since the festive period, but having returned to winning ways on Tuesday, they will now be determined to put together a run of positive results.

The win against Everton in the FA Cup third-round replay at home came only after a penalty shootout, but it would have still given the West Ham players enough confidence to feel optimistic about winning today.

The London outfit do have a better team than Hull, who are struggling for goals and are also defensively weak.

All signs point to a West Ham win, although it may not be too easy as Hull will probably settle for a draw and will play to that effect.

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