West Ham vs Hull by Neuro
After five consecutive matches with no victory, West Ham managed to progress to the next stage of FA Cup after a penalty shot out at home against Everton last weekend. Regular part of the game ended as a 1:1 draw, even though the visitors have played with a man less since 56th minute when McGeady got double yellow carded and excluded from the match.
Both teams scored a goal each in the extra-time as well, while the hosts were more concentrated in the last phase. Neither in this game they managed to get a clear victory in ninety minutes, but no doubt that the victory brought some smiles back at their faces and improved the atmosphere at least a little. They are at seventh position at the moment, being just a point below the European tickets and no doubt that the victory is the only target for today's game. Central defender Winston Reid (20/1) was injured in a FA Cup game, but should be ready to play today. Forward Diafra Sakho (14/8) remains only injured player for the hosts, while they can't count at defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate (16/1) who is at African Cup of Nations duty.
Hull, on the other side, comes from a narrow 1:0 defeat away to West Brom last weekend in the previous Premier League round. Generally both sides looked quite equal on the field, but the hosts were a bit more concrete with the ball and more effective, scoring the only goal in 78nd minute via Berahino, with the guests being unable to respond properly from then on.
This was their second consecutive defeat as they previously suffered 2:0 defeat in FA Cup against Arsenal also on the road. With this defeat, they continued being in the red zone, just a point away from safely placed Sunderland and Burnley. Coach Steve Bruce has a lengthy injury list in front of this game, with the most problems having up front. He hopes to have forward Sone Aluko (12/1) and offensive midfielder Gaston Ramirez (14/1) back and available to play after both missed out last week and now being doubtful. Strikers Nikica Jelavic (17/6) and Abel Hernandez (13/3) are both out injured and their upfront will surely lack real quality in this match. Midfielder Mohamed Diame (13/4), left defender Andrew Robertson (15/0), full back Liam Rosenior (11/0) and offensive midfielder Robert Snodgrass (1/0) are all injured for this one.
West Ham now has a great opportunity to bounce back to winning ways against a side they have good recent tradition with and against a side that is under performing away from their own fans traditionally. Easy or hard, this should be a home victory while the odds still represent some value.