Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Roots Hall
SouthendSouthend United
Hull City

Corr (3'), Thompson (40'), Woodrow (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Fryatt (63', 90')
Faye (22'), Rosenior (48')

Preview: Southend vs. Hull City

Southend United manager Phil Brown looks on as the players warm up prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on August 17, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie between League Two side Southend and Premier League outfit Hull.

Premier League side Hull City will be looking to avoid a huge upset when they travel to the Roots Hall Stadium to take on Southend United in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie.

Hull beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the third round to reach this stage, but that is their only victory in their four matches in 2014 so far having lost to Liverpool, Chelsea and Norwich City.

That has left the Tigers 11th in the Premier League table, just five points clear of the relegation zone in a tight bottom half.

The victory over Middlesbrough was their only win in their last 10 games on their travels, a run that has seen them score just eight goals and concede 16.

Steve Bruce's side will be without Tom Huddlestone for the match as the midfielder serves a suspension following his late red card last weekend.

In the opposite dugout from Bruce will be Phil Brown, who spent four years as manager of Hull, guiding them into the top flight in 2008.

He is attempting to gain promotion again this season and his side are well placed to do so, sitting fifth in League Two and just one point off the automatic promotion spots.

The Shrimpers have not made the fifth round of the FA Cup for more than 20 years, but a resounding 4-1 victory over Championship side Millwall in the last round will give them plenty of confidence ahead of Saturday's match.

They will also be flying high due to their recent form, which has seen them go seven games without defeat and lose just one of their last 15 matches in all competitions.

However, they have never beaten Hull before, losing four and drawing one of their five meetings in the past.

Recent form

Southend: WDWWDW


Possible starting lineups

Southend: Bentley; Timlin, Prosser, Phillips, O'Neill; Leonard, Hurst, Atkinson; Straker, Coker, Corr

Hull: Harper; Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, El Mohamady, Rosenior; Livermore, Koren, Meyler; Jelavic, Long

Sports Mole says: 1-2

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