Preview: West Brom v Hull City

Premier League strugglers Hull will be hoping for a positive start to the new year when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom on Monday.

Mike Phelan’s side have not won in the league since the first week of November, with Friday’s 2-2 draw at home to Everton extending their winless streak to eight matches.

That poor run has left the East Yorkshire club three points adrift of safety in 19th place and they will be desperate to turn things around in the second-half of the season.

The Baggies, meanwhile, signed off 2016 with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Southampton, which halted back-to-back defeats against tough opposition in Manchester United and Arsenal.

Despite a disappointing December which yielded just three victories in six outings, Tony Pulis’ men are still in the top-half of the table in eighth spot, although they may battle to qualify for Europe as they sit 13 points off the top-five.

This is the second meeting between the two teams in just over a month as they shared the spoils in the reverse fixture, with Michael Dawson cancelling out Gareth McAuley’s opener for visiting Albion on that occasion.

In team news, the Tigers can expect to welcome back Allan McGregor (back), Abel Hernandez (hernia), Alex Bruce (Achilles) and Greg Luer (knee) sometime this month, but the trip to the West Midlands will come to soon for the recovering quartet.

The visitors’ only concern is Saido Berahino, who is short of match fitness, having not played since October 1.

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