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Premier League Preview: Hull City - West Brom

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Premier League Preview: Hull City - West Brom

Hull City's KC Stadium has been the stage for plenty of drama in March and a resurgent West Brom are the visitors on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's headbutt on David Meyler grabbed all the headlines when Newcastle ran out a 4-1 winner at Hull at the start of the month, while George Boyd's clash with Joe Hart in Saturday's defeat to Manchester City has been the center of attention in the following days.

Boyd had since been hit with a three-match ban for allegedly spitting at the England goalkeeper but will be back in time for Hull's FA Cup semifinal against Sheffield United, which Steve Bruce's side reached after beating Sunderland in the other home match in March.

West Brom has been no stranger to the media spotlight recently, with Nicolas Anelka's 'quenelle' saga having finally come to an end with the striker's sacking.

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Pepe Mel's charges quickly put that behind them to record a morale-boosting come-from-behind triumph over Swansea City. The Spaniard had failed to win his first seven matches since taking over from Steve Clarke in January but saw the Baggies overturn a 1-0 halftime deficit to come away from Wales with a 2-1 victory.

The three points slightly eased the club's relegation worries and a victory on Saturday would lift the club above Hull in the Premier League table.

Tigers fans may be busy planning their FA Cup trip to Wembley but Steve Bruce's men have lost back-to-back home league matches either side of the quarterfinal win against Sunderland.

Hull will views this as a very winnable fixture but will be all too aware that defeat would leave the team among a group of sides battling to stay afloat in the English top flight.

West Brom's Matej Vydra scored a late equalizer when these sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw earlier this season but Shane Long will be in the opposition lineup this time around, having signed for Hull in January. Defender Curtis Davies also lines up against his former employers.

West Brom, meanwhile, are dealing with a lengthy injury list and will be missing Chris Brunt (knee), Claudio Yacob (hamstring), Diego Lugano (knee), Billy Jones (hamstring) and Morgan Amalfitano (hamstring).

With captain Brunt injured and deputy Jonas Olsson suspended, Mel announced in midweek that Gareth McAuley will lead the visitors on Saturday.

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