Preview: West Ham v Hull City

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West Ham United will be targeting more of the same when a struggling Hull City make the trip to the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers have seemingly turned the corner after picking up four points from their last two fixtures, their most recent result being a 1-0 triumph over Burnley in midweek.

The Tigers, on the other hand, have picked up a meagre two points from their last five fixtures and find themselves just one point ahead of bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.

Reflecting on his side's victory over Burnley and their upcoming clash with Hull, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said: "In the second half (against Burnley) I saw what I call that cramp, when you are afraid of winning.

"It happens to clubs who are underachieving. I don't want it. The only way it goes away is by winning games and climbing the table.

"Hopefully on Saturday against Hull we will see less of that cramp, and we will be more confident."

Hull boss Mike Phelan, meanwhile, has admitted he is hoping for some Christmas cheer in the shape of some much-needed points.

He said: "A few victories would be great. We find ourselves in a position that's tight.

"One win can give you that extra bit of confidence. We've languished in that area for a while but we've shown recently that we have been progressive and hopefully we can get one win that can get us out of that.

"Hopefully the players get the presents they want and I get what I want."

In team news, striker Andy Carroll is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up after lasting 83 minutes in West Ham's victory over Burnley.

However, youngster Reece Oxford remains on the treatment table with an ankle injury.

For Hull, Will Keane, Abel Hernandez and Moses Odubajo miss out again, while Dieumerci Mbokani returns to contention following a three-match suspension.

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