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Hull City 1-1 Burnley: Keane makes amends with equalizer

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  • Keane concedes PK…
  • …then finds equalizer
  • Barnes sees red late

Michael Keane was at the center of it all as Burnley and Hull City broken open a snoozer with a pair of late goals in a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Keane handled a ball that allowed Tom Huddlestone to score a penalty for Hull, answering back with a composed goal within minutes for the Clarets.

Ashley Barnes was sent off in the second minute of stoppage time, giving Hull two minutes with a man advantage.

Hull remains 19th despite the point thanks to Crystal Palace’s defeat of Middlesbrough, while Burnley moves into 11th with 31 points.

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Dieumerci Mbokani headed just wide in the 14th minute as the hosts looked to go ahead.

The first half found the Clarets a shade off, often through adventurous ideas that found no receiver.

Hull found an intriguing free kick in the 35th minute that came to nothing, and Tigers keeper Eldin Jakupovic was needed at the other end when Ben Mee headed a ball off the post.

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The second half started brightly for Hull, which was still without finish as Mbokani again provided a threat.

And Kamil Grosicki had Tom Heaton diving in the 61st minute after Mbokani spied him to the left, but the Polish midfielder missed the far post.

Keane conceded a penalty with a clear handball in the 72nd minute, and Huddlestone wasted no time in firing a low shot left. Heaton got a piece of it, but the ball defied his hand and swung around the side netting to make it 1-0.

The same man leveled the score, chesting down Robbie Brady‘s beautiful corner and snapping it behind Jakupovic.

Report: Silva gets Hull City a striker with Niasse loan

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Marco Silva is bringing new blood to the KC Stadium, and the money shows Hull City will again spend to avoid relegation.

Oumar Niasse was signed to Everton on the January transfer window’s Deadline Day last season, joining the Roberto Martinez’s Toffees from Lokomotiv Moscow for a whopping $19 million.

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The striker cobbled together just 142 minutes in the Premier League despite that price tag, failing to score a single goal, but has scored 7 goals in 5 appearances for the Toffees’ PL2 side this season.

The Hull Daily Mail reports that Hull would take Niasse on loan and pay his full wages with an option to buy.

Despite being reported yesterday that a deal had been done between the two clubs, suggestions are the move was finally agreed Tuesday, with the Tigers likely to unveil their new striker in time to be included in Marco Silva’s squad for their next Premier League game on Saturday at home to Bournemouth.

Hull’s strike corps has fumbled its way through the Premier League season, with Adama Diomande, Abel Hernandez — who’s been hurt long-term — and Dieumerci Mbokani chipping in for just three goals.

Niasse scored 8 goals in 15 appearances for Lokomotiv before his midseason move to Everton last season and has three goals in eight caps for Senegal.

Hull had similar problems in the 2013-14 campaign, leading to purchases of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. The Tigers finished 16th and avoided relegation.

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Premier Leaguers on Africa Cup of Nations duty

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Sixteen nations will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations from Jan. 14 to Feb. 5, with 15 hoping to unseat the Ivory Coast as champions of the continent.

Players are released from their clubs on Jan. 2, giving a headache to several PL sides.

Some players, like Liverpool’s Joel Matip and Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako, have opted to skip the tournament in favor of staying with their Premier League squad.

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While a number of squads are provisional as of this posting, their PL players are not expected to be cut in most cases.

* denotes provisional squad

Gabon
Didier N’Dong (Sunderland)

Algeria*
Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham)
Adlene Guedioura (Watford)
Ismael Bennacer (Arsenal)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Islam Slimani (Leicester City)

Tunisia*
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland)

DR Congo*
Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City)
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)

Morocco*
Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)
Nordin Amrabat (Watford)

Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda, Ivory Coast, and Senegal have yet to make any announcements on their roster composition.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), and Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) are fixtures for Senegal. Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) could also make the cut.

Egypt routinely calls up Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke).

Leicester City pair Jeff Schlupp and Daniel Amartey represent Ghana, as does West Ham striker Andre Ayew.

The Ivory Coast includes Bournemouth man Max Gradel, Stoke striker Wilfried Bony, Watford’s Brice Dja Djedje, and Sunderland back Lamine Kone. Manchester United center back Eric Bailly is also set for AFCON duty, and Wilfried Zaha could be joining Les Elephants.

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Watch Live: Hull City vs. Manchester City (Lineups, Stream)

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Manchester City heads to the KC Stadium hopeful of three points against Hull City in what could be a buzzing finish to Boxing Day (Watch live, 12:15 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Pep Guardiola is going striker-free in the absence of Sergio Aguero, keeping Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench. Yaya Toure will start for Man City.

Hull opts for David Marshall between the sticks, and he should be a busy man. Can Dieumerci Mbokani get past John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi to make this one extra interesting?

LINEUPS

Hull City: Marshall, Robertson, Maguire, Davies, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Clucas, Livermore, Mbokani, Dawson, Elmohamady. Subs: Jakupovic, Meyler, Maloney, Weir, Diomande, Henriksen, Mason.

Manchester City: Bravo, Stones, Otamendi, Sagna, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, De Bruyne. Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Fernando, Garcia, Kolarov, Navas, Iheanacho.

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Premier League AT HALF: Stoke up two goals, man; Boro 2-0 Swans

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Saturday’s 10 a.m. EDT kickoffs have two penalties, a red card, and several relegation strugglers hoping for breathing room.

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Sunderland 0-0 WatfordSTREAM

The Hornets have provided more of the danger, but hosts Sunderland have made it anyone’s game with a better final 15 minutes or so.

West Ham United 0-0 Hull CitySTREAM

Dieumerci Mbokani nearly took advantage of a big Irons’ giveaway, but dinked his shot off the near post.

Stoke City 2-0 Leicester CitySTREAM

Fortune turned its head toward Leicester so often during their title run last season. Those “breaks” are not going for the Foxes this season. Jamie Vardy was sent off, and it wasn’t long before Stoke took advantage. Bojan Krkic‘s cross was handled by Danny Simpson, and Bojan converts the penalty to make it 1-0 to the Potters.

Joe Allen later tapped in from close range to seemingly limit the second half drama at the Britannia Stadium.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea CitySTREAM

Bob Bradley‘s Swans came out brightly, but this relegation six-pointer is looking destined for the Riverside Stadium set. Alvaro Negredo scored with an agile and aesthetically-pleasing goal (below) before converting a poorly given away penalty by Jordi Amat.

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