Facts and figures ahead of Saturday's clash with the Tigers (ko 3pm)
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A trip to the KC Stadium provides Alan Irvine with a good opportunity to turn things around after an incredibly tough run of fixtures. Things may not have been going brilliantly for The Baggies, but defeats to league leaders Chelsea, title contenders Arsenal and in-form teams Newcastle and West Ham, won’t seriously worry the team that something major is wrong.
Hull meanwhile, have taken just one point from the last available 15 and only 3 from the last 21, in the process falling down the table to 17th. In that time, they have lost to Burnley and thrown away a lead against Tottenham. This could be an area where Albion look to take advantage.
No team has picked up fewer points on home soil this season than Hull (5), who only have a better home record than Aston Villa on goal difference. They have scored eight goals in six games at the KC Stadium but have also conceded ten. The Tigers have only kept one home clean sheet in all competitions this season.
Albion will be the more confident team going into the clash, having won the Capital One Cup meeting back in September when Brown Ideye, Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino were all on target in a 3-2 win.
Chris Baird could keep his place at left-back. The Northern Ireland international, without a great deal in the way of match fitness, stood in capably in the absence of Sebastien Pocognoli for the West Ham clash in midweek, registering a WhoScored rating of 6.73 against a Hammers side who have been performing way above expectations this season.
He has statistically calculated strengths of 'holding on to the ball', 'interceptions' and 'blocking the ball', developed as a result of his wealth of experience having played in the Barclays Premier League for 12 seasons.
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John Kaye, an FA Cup winner with Albion in 1968, left The Hawthorns in 1971 to join Hull City. He later became their player manager.
Albion recorded a 7-1 win over the Tigers on April 19, 1930 at The Hawthorns. It remains our biggest ever victory over Hull.
Hull’s current squad features two former Baggies. Paul McShane spent the 2006/07 season at the Hawthorns, playing over 30 times. Curtis Davis joined Albion in 2005 before leaving to join Villa in 2008.
There has only been one 0-0 draw between the two sides in 50 meetings in all competitions. It came on September 22, 1973 at Boothferry Park in the old Division Two.
Albion have already defeated Hull this season, winning 3-2 at The Hawthorns in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
We said, they said
We said – Alan Irvine: “It’s a tough game, I look at Hull and I think that they are a team who probably like ourselves have deserved more from games”
They said – Steve Bruce: “It’s a big game and a big result is needed for us.”
Most recent encounters at the KC Stadium
Hull 2-0 Albion (22/3/14) Premier League
Hull 2-2 Albion (31/1/09) Premier League
Hull 1-3 Albion (12/1/08) Championship
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