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West Ham travel to Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday
12:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Football
West Ham travel to Humberside this Saturday to face a Hull City side that are confounding pre-season predictions of relegation and currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League.
The Hammers have had a mixed week, throwing away two leads to fall at home to Everton on Saturday before rebounding to put in a dominating performance to beat Cardiff City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Ricardo Vaz Te, who requested a transfer after becoming frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities at club, could be in line for a start after scoring the winning goal in the 3-2 victory over the Bluebirds.
Assistant manager Neil McDonald said: "He keeps on telling everyone that he creates chances and scores and that's what the manager wants - people to put the ball in the back of the net.
"He’s available on Saturday against Hull and gives the manager a nice little problem.
"You have to forget what happened in the past, maybe it was bad advice, but he's a genuine lad who just wants to play."
Alou Diarra and Andy Carroll are long-term absentees for Sam Allardyce’s men, but midfielders Stewart Downing and Joe Cole, as well as defender Guy Demel, could recover from injuries in time to be considered.
Mark Noble will also return to the line-up after serving a one-game suspension in the midweek game.
As for the Tigers, Robert Koren has been sidelined after scans revealed a fracture in his foot. The captain’s injury gives fringe players George Boyd and Stephen Quinn the opportunity to impress boss Steve Bruce.
The home side will also be without Maynor Figueroa, James Chester and Paul McShane, while Robbie Brady is a slight doubt with an abdominal injury.
West Ham have won just three of their last twenty league games away from the Boleyn Ground, and have failed to score in all but two of their last seven.
Allardyce will be hoping to buck the trend and claim three points ahead of tricky Premier League fixtures with Tottenham and Manchester City.