WEST BROMWICH ALBION v HULL CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 10th January
After last week's 'taster' against Gateshead, the Tony Pulis
era starts in earnest this weekend with the visit of Steve Bruce's Hull City.
The lift the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss
has given the Hawthorns' faithful is clear for all to see. After months of doom
and gloom around the place following the appointment of Alan Irvine, Pulis
really has come in like a breath of fresh air, and if he can manage to instil
confidence and belief into his players the same way he has done with supporters
then Premier League survival will be a good bet.
The Baggies do have to start winning games though.
For around two years now the club seem to have simply forgot how to win. Pulis
must now do what neither Steve Clarke towards the end of his reign, Pepe Mel or
Alan Irvine managed to do - string a run of good results together. He must do it
with a team lacking confidence and also quality, especially in midfield and up
Albion's attacking options are especially weak and
it's understandable that they appear to be the area Pulis is targeting most to
improve during this month's transfer window. With only the 'troubled' Saido
Berahino looking anything like a Premier League striker, another forward is
clearly at the top of Pulis' wish-list with Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and Rudy
Gestede all linked with moves to The Hawthorns over the last couple of weeks. A
couple of pacy widemen also appear to be on the club's radar with moves for the
Tottenham duo of Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend both being mooted, although
realistically, perhaps unlikely to happen.
For now Pulis must go with the players he has
inherited and one would have to assume that it will be pretty much the same
Albion line-up as we have seen for most of the season. Ben Foster, Andre Wisdom
and Joleon Lescott should return after being rested for the cup tie against
Gateshead whilst Chris Brunt, Graham Dorrans, James Morrison and the
in-form Stephane Sessegnon will most likely make up the midfield. Up front is
where changes may be made with Pulis having to decide whether to go with two
strikers as he did against the 'Heed' or whether to revert to a lone striker. At
home, where the onus is on the hosts to chase the game, two strikers would be
most people's choice but with only Saido Berahino showing any kind of form it's
not so straight forward. Whilst Victor Anichebe appears to be the perfect Pulis
player - strong, fast and powerful - his injury record prevents him from being
anything more than a bit-part player. Meanwhile, record signing Brown Ideye
continues to struggle to make an impact, failing to even figure against
Gateshead last weekend. With Sunderland, Newcastle United and Hull all
reportedly interested in signing him it appears to be only a matter of time
before Albion cut their losses with the Nigerian international.
Whilst most of the media are concentrating on the
ins and outs of the transfer window, Pulis and his new backroom team of David
Kemp and Paul Jewell will be concentrating on picking up three points from
another one of those 'winnable' games, games that we have generally failed to
win in recent times.
Hull travel to The Hawthorns themselves in a poor
run of form although it is a run that has improved slightly during the last
couple of weeks. Wins over Everton and Sunderland have lifted Bruce's men out of
the bottom three although they remain just one point and two places above the
Baggies going into the game. Very much like Albion, one of Hull's biggest
problems has been a lack of goals, the Tigers scoring in just four of their last
With Albion having won just three out of their last
15 games and Hull just two out of their last 14, it promises to be a nervy game
with both sides low on confidence and both sides possibly more worried about not
losing than going for a win, especially given the current proximity of both
teams to the bottom three. However, with Hull missing a number of key players
and with the Tony Pulis 'factor' thrown into the mix, Baggies' fans may just
return home from The Hawthorns a little bit happier than usual.
ATWD Prediction: 2-1
The game will be the 53rd competitive meeting
between Albion and Hull City. The Baggies currently have a slight edge in terms of
victories with 19 compared to The Tigers' 18.
The Baggies' last game on this date came in 2009
when they suffered a 2-1 Premier League defeat away at local rivals Aston Villa.
The club's last win on January 10 came back in 1981 in a First Division clash
against Leicester City at Filbert Street, Ron Atkinson's men recording a 2-0
victory thanks to goals from Martyn Bennett and John Deehan. A full run down of Albion's record on this date
over the years can be found here
Hull's last game on January 10 came in 2009, the
Tigers suffering a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Everton. Their last win on this
date came in 2004 when a Stuart Elliott goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory
at Darlington in a League Division Three encounter.
Albion have yet to beat City in Premier League
action, drawing three and losing two of the five games played.
The Baggies have won just eight of the 39
league games they have played over the last 12 months.
Hull are attempting to record back-to-back Premier
League wins for the first time in 16 months.
Albion's last six games:
Gateshead (H, FAC) 7-0; West
Ham United (A) 1-1; Stoke
City (A) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 1-3; Queens
Park Rangers (A) 2-3;
Aston Villa (H) 1-0.
City's last six games: Arsenal (A, FAC) 0-2;
Everton (H) 2-0; Leicester City (H) 0-1; Sunderland (A) 3-1; Swansea City (H)
0-1; Chelsea (A) 0-2.
Swedish defender Jonas Olsson is edging closer to a
first team return but won't be ready for the clash with the Tigers.
Midfielder Craig Gardner should be fit following a
calf problem with Baggies' boss Tony Pulis having an almost fully fit
squad to choose from ahead of his first league game in charge.
Nikica Jelavic (illness) and
James Chester (knee) both return for the Tigers after missing the FA Cup defeat
at Arsenal on Monday and they may be joined by Michael Dawson who has returned
to training after missing the last month due to a hamstring injury.
However, Steve Bruce will
be without Liam Rosenior, Andy Robertson, Gaston Ramirez, Robert Snodgrass and
Mohamed Diame for the Hawthorns' clash.
Albion Win: EVS, Hull City Win: 3/1, Draw: 9/4.
Berahino 4/1, Ideye 11/2, Anichebe 11/2, Samaras 13/2, Blanco 8/1, Sessegnon
8/1, Varela 9/1, Gardner 10/1, Brunt 12/1, Dorrans 12/1, Morrison 12/1, Dawson
20/1, Mulumbu 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Lescott 25/1, Baird 28/1, Yacob 28/1,
Hull City: Hernandez 15/2, Jelavic 15/2, Aluko 9/1,
Ince 9/1, Sagbo 9/1, Brady 12/1, Meyler 16/1, Livermore 20/1, Huddlestone 20/1,
Elmohamady 25/1, Davies 25/1, Quinn 25/1, Chester 28/1, Maguire 33/1, Figueroa
33/1, Dawson 33/1.
No goalscorer: 7/1.
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Swarbrick has officiated one Albion game so far
this season - the 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland on the opening day of the
He refereed two Albion games during 2013/14 -
the 3-3 draw at home to Spurs in April and the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at
The Hawthorns in November.
The Lancashire official has taken charge of two
Hull games this season - the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in October and the 2-2 draw
at Newcastle United in September.
Swarbrick has issued 75 yellow cards and two red in
the 17 games he has officiated this season.
A full run-down of Swarbrick's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found
Tickets are now on general sale to Albion supporters priced
at £25 adults, £20 seniors, £15 under-21s/students and £10 under-17s.
club are running a special deal for the game - two adult and two junior tickets are available for £40 if
purchased before 5pm on
Friday, January 9, however, this does not apply to tickets purchased for the West Stand.
Albion's first league
meetings with Hull City took place in the Second Division during the
1905/06 season. The first game between the sides, at The Hawthorns, ended
in a one all draw - Ted Pheasant the Albion goalscorer with a penalty.
City won the return fixture
four months later with ease, running out 4-0 winners at Anlaby Road thanks
to goals from Joe Smith, Gordon Wright, Davy Gordon and Andrew Raisbeck.
The Baggies' biggest win against Hull came in April
1930 when they recorded a 7-1 victory at The Hawthorns, Jimmy Cookson
netting four of the Albion goals.
City's best win of 5-1 came at Anlaby Road in April
1910, Jack Smith hitting a hat-trick for the hosts
Albion's last league victory
over the 'Tigers' came at the KC Stadium on 12 January 2008 when goals from
Kevin Phillips, James Morrison and Roman Bednar guided 10 man Albion to a 3-1
The Baggies have lost just two of the last 14 meetings between the clubs at The
Hawthorns and just once in their last six visits to Hull.
The two teams have met five times in Premier League action with Hull winning
twice and the other three games ending in draws.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 31 January 2009 - Hull City 2-2 Albion - Premier League - KC Stadium
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
Saturday 23 February 2008 - Albion 1-2 Hull City - League Championship - The Hawthorns
Saturday 12 January 2008 - Hull City 1-3 Albion - League Championship - KC Stadium
Saturday 8 May 1993 - Albion 3-1 Hull City - League Division Two - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 10 April 1991 - Albion 1-1 Hull City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 10 December 1988 - Albion 2-0 Hull City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
1-1 Hull City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 21st December 2013,
Albion: Foster; Jones,
McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell (Gera 79); Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu; Sessegnon (Vydra 69), Long,
Sinclair (Berahino HT). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Yacob, Lugano,
Goalscorer: Vydra 86
Booked: Jones 64 (foul),
Gera 88 (foul)
Hull City: McGregor;
Chester, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler;
Graham (Boyd 80), Sagbo (Fryatt 88). Subs not used: Harper (gk), Rosenior, Koren,
Booked: Meyler 40 (foul)
Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
Matej Vydra's late equaliser rescued a point for
West Brom against Hull City at
The Hawthorns in caretaker boss Keith Downing's first game in charge. On-loan
Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore gave Hull a deserved lead with a cool finish
on the counter attack. But Czech striker Vydra levelled four minutes from time
with his first goal since joining on loan from Udinese. It was the Baggies'
first point in five league games.
Downing, who was placed in temporary charge of
West Brom after Steve Clarke was
sacked as head coach, included goalkeeper Ben Foster for the first time since
August following his return from a stress fracture in his foot. However, the
England international was picking the ball out of his net after less than half
an hour as Albion were punished for a poor start. The hosts were caught on the
counter when a half-hearted penalty appeal was turned down after James Morrison
tumbled in the box under pressure from Tom Huddlestone. Hull midfielder David
Meyler seized on the loose ball and sent Danny Graham away. The Tigers striker
squared for Livermore, on a season-long loan from White Hart Lane, who raced
into the area and coolly slid the ball under Foster.
Downing introduced England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino
for the ineffective Scott Sinclair at half-time in a bid to lift his side's
fortunes. And the talented youngster, 20, created
Albion's first meaningful effort
on goal with a fiercely struck half-volley that was beaten away by Hull
goalkeeper Allan McGregor. The chance seemed to give the home side greater
belief and McGregor had to be alert to gather a Gareth McAuley header from a
corner moments later. Hull remained a threat on the break and West Brom were
indebted to a double save from Foster as he denied Huddlestone and Ahmed
Elmohamady. Shane Long, the subject of a £5m bid from
Hull on deadline day only for
West Brom to pull the plug, was
quiet for most of the contest but played a part in
Albion's equaliser. The
Republic of Ireland striker got
in behind the Hull defence and fed the ball to Zoltan Gera, who found fellow
substitute Vydra. He swept the ball home from 10 yards to give West Brom a share
of the spoils.
Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill spent almost
seven years at Hull before joining Albion in July 2010 in a £1.5million deal.
Curtis Davies joined Albion from Luton Town
in August 2005 and spent two successful seasons at The Hawthorns before leaving
to join Aston Villa. Spells at Leicester City (loan) and Birmingham City
followed before he joined Hull in June 2013.
Paul McShane joined Albion from Manchester
United in August 2006 as part of the deal that took Tomasz Kuszczak to Old
Trafford. He spent just one season at The Hawthorns before leaving to join
Sunderland. He moved on to Hull in August 2008.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Paul
Barnes, Tony Brien, Neil Clement, Delroy Facey, Alan Fettis, Chris Hargreaves, Derek Hood, John Kaye,
Kevin Kilbane, Robert Koren, Shane Long, Gordon Nisbet, Jay Simpson, Richard Sneekes, Gerry Summers and Jason van Blerk.
managed both clubs; Stuart Pearson played for the Tigers and was a coach at
The Hawthorns; Former Albion assistant manager Mick Brown was a Hull
player; Gordon Dimbleby was Commercial Manager at The Hawthorns and
General Manager at Hull.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS HULL CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST HULL CITY
Sat 06 Dec 2014
Wed 24 Sep 2014
Ideye, McAuley, Berahino - Ince, Brady
Sat 22 Mar 2014
Sat 21 Dec 2013
Vydra - Livermore
Sat 31 Jan 2009
Simpson, Brunt (pen) - Mendy, Fagan
Sat 25 Oct 2008
Zayatte, Geovanni, King
Sat 23 Feb 2008
Bednar - Campbell, Folan
Sat 12 Jan 2008
Phillips, Morrison, Bednar - Garcia
Sat 03 Feb 2007
Sat 05 Aug 2006