Preview: Hull City v West Bromwich

Hull CIty will be looking to climb out of the bottom three when they welcome an in-form West Bromwich Albion side to the KCOM Stadium for their Premier League fixture on Saturday.

Following a morale denting 3-0 loss to fellow strugglers Sunderland last week, Mike Phelan's side are up against a Baggies team that are aiming to win three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2012.

Midfielder's James Morrison and Matt Phillips come into the fixture in great form having both scored in their two previous wins and the Tigers have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 games.

The difference between the two teams are clearly highlighted in their defensive structures, with Pulis men only conceding six away from home while Hull have shipped 15 in their last four games on the road.

However, ahead of the game, Phelan is hopeful they can sort out their defensive woes – starting with Saturday's crunch fixture. 

"It's quite easy to concede goals because of the quality at this level. We want to remedy situations, to not concede goals," he said in the pre-match press conference.

Meanwhile Pulis, who's overseeing his best spell with the club to date, is hoping they can maintain their winning run after witnessing a thrilling 4-0 victory over Burnley in their last league outing.

"We played very well as a team against Burnley. The last couple of games we've been very, very good.

"Winning breeds confidence. We have got to keep that level of performance up. We have got to maintain the level of togetherness and try to keep doing what we've done."

Hull left-back Andy Robertson is not yet ready to make a comeback despite a quicker than expected recovery from a calf injury. The Tigers have no fresh injury worries, while Adama Diomande is available again after suspension.

West Brom's Nacer Chadli could be back in contention after returning to training following minor knee surgery. Ex-Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill remains out with an ankle injury, while Saido Berahino is not match fit.

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