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Preview: Hull City v Burnley

24 December 2015

The Clarets got back to winning ways in style with a 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor last week.

A brace from Scott Arfield and goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes sealed the points ahead of a tough Boxing Day test against Hull City.

Fourth meet fifth at the KC Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship with both sides in the hunt for an instant return to the Barclays Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men will be hoping to continue the Hull hoodoo which has seen them win 9 of the last 10 meetings with their Humberside opposition.

Steve Bruce’s side have won their last two home games against Bolton and Reading respectively, but will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United last time out.

Hull City: LLWWL
Burnley: DLDLW

Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez joined Hull on deadline day of the 2014 summer transfer window for a club-record fee.

The former Palermo man made 26 appearances and scored four times in the 2014/15 season but couldn’t help prevent relegation.

So far this season, he has made 23 appearances for club and country and netted 10 times. He has produced a series of quality displays in the Sky Bet Championship and is likely to be key if Hull are to remain at the summit.

Hull 0-1 Burnley – Ings 62’

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Trippier, Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Taylor (Ward 76), Ings (Keane 88), Barnes.

Subs: Gilks, Vokes, Kightly, Ulvestad, Jutkiewicz

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Hudlestone, Brady, Livermore (Meyler 57), McShane (Jelavic 57), Dawson, Aluko (Hernandez 66), Elmohamady, N'Doye, Quinn.

Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Robertson

Ref: M Atkinson

Attendance: 24,877

Sean Dyche has a fully-fit squad to choose from aside from long-term absentees Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ashley Barnes.

Referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game between Hull City and the Clarets at the KC Stadium.

So far this season the County Durham-born based official has taken charge of 22 games, where he has produced a total of 78 yellow cards and two reds.

The last Burnley game he officiated was the 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Southampton at Turf Moor in December 2014.

Three Southampton players and George Boyd went into his notebook on that occasion.

Mr Clattenburg will be assisted by Mr Gary Beswick, Mr. Michael McDonough and Fourth Official Mr. Mark Haywood.

Sean Dyche: “The challenge of coming out of the Premier League is the same for both us and Hull and whatever stats or facts you throw at me won’t affect the next one (game).

“I’d imagine there will be a bit of nervousness at their end I think because they have lost three of the “last five, but you can’t guarantee that.

“They are a good group of players with plenty of experience and with an excellent manager, who I like as a bloke.

“Steve Bruce has been very good to me as a young manager and I’ve never forgotten that. He’s very honest and fair in my opinion. He will have his team ready and so will we.”

Steve Bruce: “We've got ourselves in a good position. We'd like to be a little bit higher but 41 points from 22 games is very decent return.

"Burnley are a very good side who mirror their manager. Hard working, resilient, tough to beat and they'll be a handful.

“They've recruited well and they're bouncing back like we are so it should be a fascinating game."

The sides in fourth and fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table meet on Boxing Day when 21/20 shots Hull host Burnley (7/2) with the draw available at 2/1.

The Tigers have slipped out of the top three after a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham but remain 11/8 to make an immediate return to the top flight, while Burnley are 7/2 shots after taking only four points from the last 12.

The Clarets have a good recent record against Hull winning nine of their last 10 league meetings. As a result their record at the KC Stadium is very impressive winning on each of the last three occasions including successive 1-0 victories and are 15/2 with the League sponsor to edge it by the same margin and 4/1 to win by a one goal margin.

Andre Gray is 5/1 to net the opener and 2/1 to score anytime. Scott Arfield, who scored twice last week, is 5/1 to net again. Sky Bet are top price on all Boxing Day result markets to celebrate their renewed sponsorship of the Football League.

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