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STAT PACK: Will Tigers get travel sick?

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11:00 20th December 2013

Facts and figures for Saturday's clash with the Tigers (ko 3pm)

ALBION begin life after Steve Clarke back on home soil hoping to end a run of four successive defeats against Steve Bruce's promoted side. 

While the Tigers have been lauded for their impressive form upon returning to the top flight, only four points separate the sides, with Hull having only won one of their last six matches.

The fact that victory came against title-challengers Liverpool was certainly impressive and worthy of praise, but it is worth noting that it - along with three more of their five wins - came on home soil. 

In fact, their only win on the road this season came at Newcastle back in September. 

The point they obtained at Swansea in their last away game was the only other time they have avoided defeat on the road. 

As a result, only Crystal Palace and Sunderland (three each) have picked up fewer points away from home in the Barclays Premier League this season (four).  

So this weekend, with a new man in charge in the home dugout in Keith Downing, there is certainly reason to be optimistic for Baggies fans who might have found recent results hard to swallow.

Hull have mustered just 8.9 shots per game in away games this season - the second fewest in England’s top flight - while they have averaged a meagre 37.9 per cent possession on their travels - by some margin the lowest proportion in the league. 

By comparison, Albion have attempted 13 shots per game on home soil and enjoyed a 49.2 per cent share of possession. 

Moreover, the Baggies have scored ten goals in eight games at The Hawthorns, while Hull have netted just six in the same number on the road. 

Three of those came in that aforementioned win at Newcastle, and so that game aside, their 'goals for' column reads three in seven matches. 

They have also shipped 16 goals away from home, the third most in the Barclays Premier League, so there is certainly reason to believe Albion have a good chance of returning to winning ways this weekend.

Recent results between the sides do not give too much indication as to the result, but it is Albion who have the slight edge. 

The last six meetings have seen three Baggies victories, two for Hull and a draw, which came in the most recent clash.

One consistent feature has been plenty of goals, with at least three scored in each of the sides' last four meetings. 

With the attacking talent the Baggies have at their disposal they should have some joy when faced with the Tigers' defence. 

It certainly will not be an easy game - Hull have proven themselves as worthy of a place in the top flight - but as the stats prove, Albion have a good chance of pulling off a victory.

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All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


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Interesting facts


Paul McShane, Robert Koren and Curtis Davies have all played for Albion.

Boaz Myhill made 277 starts in a six-and-a-half year spell with Hull before moving to The Hawthorns in 2010.

Hull have won on their last two visits to The Hawthorns.

The Baggies have had more shots cleared off the line than any other team this season (five). 

Albion have not lost five successive Barclays Premier League matches since January 2011.

The Baggies have scored more goals than any other team in the bottom half of the Premier League table (17).

However, only Everton (seven) have drawn more games than Albion (six).

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 25, 2008, Albion 0 Hull 3 (Zayatte 47, Geovanni 62, King 66)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, January 31, 2009, Hull 2 (Mendy 44, Fagan 69) Albion 2 (Simpson 53, Brunt pen 73)

Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: DDLLLL 
HULL: LLWLDD    

Last league match line-ups


ALBION (v Cardiff – away L 1-0): Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob (Sinclair 73); Amalfitano (Berahino 73), Sessegnon, Brunt (c); Long (Vydra 88). Subs not used: L Daniels (gk), Gera, Morrison, Lugano.

HULL (v Stoke - home D 0-0): McGregor; Elmohamady, Davies, Bruce (Brady 66), Chester, Figueroa, Meyler (Rosenior 78), Huddlestone, Livermore, Sagbo, Graham (Boyd 82). Subs not used: Harper (gk), Faye, McShane, Koren.

Hull team news

Alex Bruce is expected to recover from a groin injury in time, while Robbie Brady (groin) has been ruled out. Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Stephen Quinn (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

Ref watch


Jonathan Moss will referee Saturday's game. The West Yorkshire official oversaw October’s 4-1 defeat at Liverpool. He has dished out 48 yellow and two red cards in 15 games this term. 

Betting

Selected odds from Sky Bet:

Albion to win: 5/6 
Hull to win: 100/30
Draw: 5/2

Shane Long to score first: 11/2 
Danny Graham to score first: 7/1 

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