Preview: Hull City v Crystal Palace

Hull City will look to ease their relegation concerns when they host Crystal Palace at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers are second from bottom and have collected only five points from their last 12 league games – winning one, drawing one and losing ten, with their most recent result being a 1-0 loss at the hands of Middlesbrough.

Alan Pardew's side have not fared much better in the league, as they sit in 14th position and are only three points behind Mike Phelan's charges.

However, Palace put an end to their barren spell of eight league games without victory, when they condemned Southampton to a 3-0 loss in their latest league outing at Selhurst Park.

"We know we aren't scoring a lot of goals, as are some other teams in this division, and we have to improve on that," Tigers boss Mike Phelan told reporters.

"Unfortunately, we only have one fit striker at our disposal.

"We know that we're in for a battle every single week in this league and Saturday will be no different."

The home side will be without the services of forward Abel Hernandez who is set to undergo a hernia operation, which is expected to rule him out until the new year.

Pardew, meanwhile, provided an update on injured trio Connor Wickham, Steve Mandanda and Loic Remy.

"Connor's become a bit of a scholar around his injury. He's been telling me all about it," he told reporters.

"Loic's still 2 or 3 weeks away from training with us. That's disappointing for us. Steve is the only other injury.

"Steve's had the surgery and he'll now be out for 4-5 weeks.

"Wins are gold dust in this division. Our game at Hull could define the first half of our season, we've got 2 v difficult fixtures after.

"Hull have a small squad. Probably the smallest in PL in terms of depth. That can be difficult for the manager or can enhance your hand.

"A smaller squad can some times breed a tight-knit group, which can be a benefit."

Yohan Cabaye is expected to make his return to the starting line-up following his one-match ban in the victory against The Saints.

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