Hull City have performed rather poorly over the course of the season and have spent much of the second-half of the campaign scrambling for points to clinch survival; however, the Baggies must guard against complacency going into this game and watch out for these players in particular…
Defensively, Hull City have been shambolic this season, and this is why they sit just two points above the relegation zone ahead of the match against Albion on Sunday.
Nevertheless, the Tigers do have some strength on the offensive through certain individuals, and although their playing style is often disjointed and sloppy, this can be very difficult for the opposition to stop so actually works in their favour on occasions.
Hull’s last game out against Nottingham Forest showcased exactly that, as they came back from conceding an early penalty to win the match 2-1, with goals from Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane and Mallik Wilks.
Off the back of this win, Hull will be carrying some momentum into Sunday’s game, so it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.
Here are three players Albion must look out for this weekend:
1. Leonardo da Silva Lopes (CM)
Despite being primarily used as a defensive midfielder, Da Silva Lopes often makes bursting runs forward when Hull are on the attack and can be found lurking on the edge of the box, prepared to strike home if the ball rolls his way. He will need to be traced and man-marked by either Sawyers or Livermore on Sunday.
2. Herbie Kane (CM)
Another standout performer for Hull City as of late has been Herbie Kane, on loan from Liverpool. His ability to sweetly strike the ball from range will likely test Johnstone at the weekend, so will have to be quickly closed down once on the ball in the final third.
3. Josh Eaves (ST)
Josh Eaves will always pose a threat upfront because of his height; the 28-year-old is mainly utilised as a target man, who will then set up a teammate. However, with the towering defenders we have at our disposal (Ajayi, Bartley, Hegazi), this is an issue that could be swiftly dealt with.