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After an impressive six-game unbeaten league run, including four successive victories in November, helped Hull City climb out of the Championship relegation zone, the Tigers have since suffered back-to-back away defeats against Nottingham Forest and Blackpool.
A 2-1 loss at The City Ground was followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat at Bloomfield Road on New Year’s Day, which has seen Grant McCann‘s men move back to within four points of the drop zone having played a game more than 22nd-placed Peterborough United.
Hull now turn their attention to the FA Cup, a competition in which they have struggled against top-tier opposition. The East Riding of Yorkshire-based outfit are winless in 18 FA Cup matches against Premier League opponents while playing outside the top-flight themselves.
After progressing from the third round of England’s most prestigious cup competition just once in 12 years between 1989-90 and 2010-11, the Tigers have since advanced from seven of their last nine at this stage, including a 3-2 win the last time they played in the third round against Rotherham United in 2019-20.
Hull may fancy their chances of reaching the fourth round once again as they prepare to lock horns with an out-of-form Everton side who they are unbeaten against in three of their last four home meetings.
McCann has confirmed that Hull will be without Mallik Wilks (metatarsal), Josh Magennis (hamstring) and Callum Elder (groin) due to injury.
However, the Tigers boss all revealed that Matt Ingram, Tom Huddlestone and Will Jarvis are all back in contention this weekend after spells on the sidelines.
McCann is expected to name the strongest possible starting lineup that he can on Saturday, with the likes of George Honeyman and top goalscorer Keane Lewis-Potter – who has five strikes to his name this term – set to start.
As for Everton, Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies and Andros Townsend are four injury concerns for Benitez, while Jarrad Branthwaite and Fabian Delph are both minor doubts with knocks and will be assessed ahead of kickoff.
The Toffees will also be without winger Alex Iwobi who is away on international duty with Nigeria for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Benitez could hand debuts to his January signings Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, the latter moving to Goodison Park from Rangers on Tuesday.
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With Dominic Calvert-Lewin unlikely to be risked, having just returning from a four-month spell on the sidelines, Salomon Rondon is expected to lead the line, while Allan, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin could also start in centre-midfield.
Hull City possible starting lineup:
Ingram; Bernard, McLoughlin, Greaves; Longman, Smallwood, Docherty, Lewis-Potter; Honeyman; Wilks, T. Smith
Everton possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Coleman, Holgate, Godfrey, Mykolenko; Gordon, Gomes, Allan, Gbamin, Gray; Rondon