Questions surround both sides as Hull City hosts Everton at the KC Stadium live at 10am ET on Premier League Extra Time or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The hosts are potentially counting down the days until they lose their manager, as rumors swirl about Steve Bruce’s candidacy for the now-vacant Newcastle United position. He has ruled himself out for the job, but Bruce’s name has come up numerous times for open spots despite the club’s 17th position in the table.
Today, Hull will miss Liam Rosenior from the starting lineup, but the defender does prove fit enough for a spot on the bench despite coming into today as a doubt. Mohamed Diame and Michael Dawson are still out, leaving Bruce to make four changes. Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic, James Chester, and 20-year-old Andy Robinson all come into the starting 11.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are sinking down the table with three straight losses, currently in 12th as Roberto Martinez looks for answers. He is without American goalkeeper Tim Howard who injured his calf, as Joel Robles will continue to deputize.
James McCarthy is also a miss for the visitors after coming off injured in last week’s loss to Newcastle. John Stones and Phil Jagielka are longer-term misses with ankle problems.
Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Robertson, Bruce, Davies, Meyler, Livermore, Elmohamady, Ramírez, Jelavić, Hernández
Bench: Harper, Rosenior, Brady, Maguire, Sagbo, Ince, Aluko.
Everton: Joel, Baines, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Coleman, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Naismith, Mirallas, Kone.
Bench: Griffiths, Eto’o, McGeady, Oviedo, Lukaku, Distin, Atsu.