After a blinding game against Swansea, Hull will certainly miss the presence of Oumar Niasse. The Everton forward is unavailable to play against his parent club, which may give Marco Silva some questions ahead of the game.
Could this give one of our fringe players a chance to shine up front alongside stalwart Abel Hernandez? Perhaps the pace of Jarrod Bowen or fellow youngster Johan Ter Horst could give the team more attacking options. It’s not like they’re lacking desire for first-team football, and they’re certainly showing they deserve a chance after some sublime performances for the Developmental Squad in recent weeks. With most people, our own fans included, not expecting much from this game except putting up a good fight, it could be worth giving these youngsters a shot against first-team opposition that would give them not only good experience but also boost their morale, and that of their developmental squad-mates.
It’s clear that Hernandez doesn’t suit the lone-striker role too well, as his finishing lacks a lot of confidence as of late, but when he was paired with Niasse he showed exactly why he’s almost always in the starting lineup.
With the shocking exclusion of Harry Maguire from the England senior squad, he’s definitely going to want to prove England manager, Gareth Southgate, wrong for leaving him out. Which is most certainly good news for Hull. It’s beggars belief that the one of the Premier League’s, statistically, best defenders, and certainly an upcoming star player, has been left out of the England squad, but on the bright side it means he won’t get injured playing for his country as the season reaches its end.
Hull’s struggles on the road certainly could last at least another week longer, as Everton look to win a seventh straight home win.
It will certainly be an exciting match, and we’re hoping Silva has some surprise additions to the squad, even if only on the bench.
Our predicted lineup:
Defence: Robertson, Maguire, Rannochia, Elabdellaoui
Midfield: Grosicki, Huddlestone, N’Daiye, Markovic, Henrickson (just behind Forward)
Bench: Marshall (GK), Clucas, Bowen, Meyler, Elmohamady, Davies, Diomande
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