Preview: Bournemouth v Hull City

Mike Phelan takes charge for his first ever game as permanent manager when Hull City take on Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday.

Phelan has been in charge for Hull's opening seven matches of the season on an interim contract and was only confirmed by the club as their full-time boss on Thursday.

After having overseen back-to-back victories in Hull's opening two matches against Leicester and Swansea, Phelan now has to arrest a slump of form which has seen his side picking up only one point from their subsequent five games, while their last three outings (Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea) have seen 11 goals conceded.

The Tigers will be missing striker Dieumarci Mbokani who was injured on international duty, while Michael Dawson is still sidelined. Right-back Ahmed Elmohamady, however, returns from suspension.

With assistant coach Stephen Clemence having left for Birmingham, it is believed that club captain Dawson will be assisting Phelan on the bench.

While Hull are in 15th position with seven points from seven games, Bournemouth have not fared that much better – the south coast club are 13th, with eight points.

But their form has been improving. After losing their opening two matches, the Cherries have been beaten only once in their last four matches, while claiming home wins against West Brom and Everton.

For Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, the importance of home games cannot be underestimated.

"We know the importance of this game. Every home game, especially with the form we are in at home, we feel is very, very important. As a footballer you should enjoy coming out to play at home in front of your own supporters," he said.

In terms of team news, Howe refused to reveal which players are out, but said that some of the players returning from international duty (Brad Smith, Joshua King, Nathan Ake, Max Gradel and Lewis Cook) have 'serious' injuries.

The last time these two clubs met was in 2005, when Hull recorded a 4-0 away win in League One.

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