West Brom vs Hull City match preview: Capital One Cup

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fixture at The Hawthorns

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West Brom picked up their first Premier League win of the season on Sunday to lift themselves out of the bottom-three, with James Morrison’s second-half header enough to snatch all three points in their 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Baggies’ only other victory this season was in the League Cup, edging past League Two side Oxford United 7-6 on penalties after an initial 1-1 home draw.

Manager Alan Irvine is set to hand a debut to Georgios Samaras, who could partner club record signing Brown Ideye up front, with Sebastian Blanco also pushing for his first West Brom appearance.

However Hull City will be disappointed to not have held on to a two-goal lead at St James Park at the weekend after Papiss Cisse’s late brace salvaged a desperate 2-2 for Newcastle United.

The Tigers lie tenth in the top-flight this season with only one win to their name, a 1-0 triumph at Queens Park Rangers on the opening day of the season.

Boss Steve Bruce is without midfielders Gaston Ramirez and Mohamed Diame who are cup-tied after playing for Southampton and West Ham respectively in the previous round. However, Newcastle United loanee Hatem Ben Arfa (above) is available.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 8pm

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Alan Irvine

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Hull City 2 (Rosenior, Long) West Bromwich Albion 0, Premier League, March 2014

West Bromwich Albion 1 (Vydra) Hull City 1 (Livermore), Premier League, December 2013

Hull City 2 (Mendy, Fagan) West Bromwich Albion 2 (Simpson, Brunt), Premier League, January 2009

STATS…

Wednesday’s match will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.

Hull City are unbeaten in their last five meetings with West Brom, including three victories.

West Brom won five matches in a row against the Tigers between 1992 and 2008.

The Tigers are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Hawthorns in all competitions, winning two.

West Brom have been knocked out of the League Cup in each of their last third round encounters.

The Baggies have won the League Cup once in their history, defeating West Ham United 5-3 on aggregate back in 1966.

If Hull City win the clash at the Hawthorns on Wednesday night, Steve Bruce’s side will equal their best-ever run in the League Cup, reaching the fourth round in which they did in 1974, 1976 and 1978.

 

ODDS…

West Bromwich Albion to win: 2.15

Hull City to win: 3.4

Draw: 3.25

TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 11.05pm on Wednesday.

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