Preview: Hull City v Burnley

Hull City will be hoping to lift themselves out of the relegation zone with a win when they host Burnley at the KCOM Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Tigers have seen a change of fortunes since the arrival of Marco Silva, but remain an incredibly inconsistent side, which is why they still find themselves in the drop zone.

An impressive win over Liverpool in the Premier League is book-ended by a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and an embarrassing 4-1 reverse against Championship club Fulham in the FA Cup.

While they looked certain for the drop under Mike Phelan, mixed in among their inconsistent showings has been clear evidence of improvement under Silva and retaining their Premier League status for next season is looking increasingly likely.

However, fixtures like the one they face this weekend at home to Burnley are must-win occasions if they want to avoid relegation.

While the Clarets will believe they should be considered favourites coming into this match, considering they are six places above Hull in the standings, their form in the lead up to the match has not been good.

They are winless in their last three matches including an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to non-league club Lincoln City to get knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend.

They are currently 10 points above the Tigers and the relegation places, but are still at risk of getting dragged into a survival scrap towards the end of the campaign unless they start picking up a few more points soon.

Hull have a lengthy injury list, consisting of an incredible 10 potential first-team players, the most notable of which include Michael Dawson, Abel Hernandez, Will Keane, Ryan Mason and Curtis Davies.

For Burnley, Jeff Hendrick is suspended while Dean Marney and Steven Defour miss out through injury.

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