Steve Evans insists that Leeds are not underdogs against Hull City

Evans remains defiant that Leeds can win, despite the 13-place gap between the two sides in the Championship table.

Steve Evans insists that Leeds will not go into their Yorkshire derby against Hull City as underdogs, despite each side's current position in the Championship table, the Yorkshire Evening Post report.

"I don't see ourselves us as underdogs," he said.

"I see us as very respectful of the opposition and very respectful of the job that Steve Bruce has done," he added.

Despite Evans' claims, the two clubs have enjoyed hugely different fortunes this season. While the Tigers have suffered defeat just once in their last 12 league games, and sit fourth in the table, Leeds have endured a torrid time at Elland Road since the back end of last season, which has been a major factor behind their alarming slide into the bottom half of the division. 

The narrow victory against Cardiff City last month was the side's only win in front of their own fans since March. 

Despite the form book suggesting that Steve Bruce's men are destined to come away from Saturday with three points, Hull have a couple of injury concerns that suggest that the result may not be so straightforward. The Yorkshire Post previously reported that top goalscorer Abel Hernandez and captain Michael Dawson would be missing the clash through injury. 

And with the Whites going into today's game with little confidence following their recent run, Evans' strong message may provide them with the boost required to put their previous home form behind them, and cause a surprise result.

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