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Sep 22, 2020 at 7.30pm UK at London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
5-1
Hull CityHull City
Snodgrass (18'), Haller (45', 90+1'), Yarmolenko (56' pen., 90+2')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Wilks (70')
McLoughlin (55'), Honeyman (59'), Fleming (65')

Preview: West Ham United vs. Hull City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's EFL Cup third-round clash between West Ham United and Hull City, including team news and predicted lineups.

West Ham United will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's Premier League defeat at Arsenal when they take on Hull City in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

The Hammers have now lost both of their league matches this season, while Hull have recorded two wins from their two League One matches to occupy third position in the table.


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West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller pictured with teammates after scoring against Charlton Athletic on September 15, 2020© Reuters

West Ham were extremely disappointing in their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Premier League season, but it would be fair to say that they were unfortunate to lose against Arsenal.

Indeed, the Hammers conceded a second in the 85th minute of the contest to lose 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium after Michail Antonio had cancelled out a 25th-minute opener from Alexandre Lacazette.

Head coach David Moyes will have been encouraged by what he saw against the Gunners, though, and West Ham were impressive in the last round of the EFL Cup, recording a 3-0 home win over Charlton Athletic.

Sebastian Haller scored a brace in the previous round, while Felipe Anderson was also on the scoresheet, and the capital outfit will be the favourites to advance into the fourth round on Tuesday night.

Grant McCann in charge of Hull City on August 3, 2019© Reuters

Hull, meanwhile, have already played five times across three separate competitions this season and have made an encouraging start, putting four victories on the board.

The Tigers lost to Leicester City's Under-21s in the EFL Trophy but have beaten Sunderland and Leeds United on penalties in the EFL Cup to progress to the third round.

Grant McCann's side - relegated from the Championship last season - have also been victorious in both of their League One games this term, overcoming Gillingham on September 12 before beating Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a late goal from Mallik Wilks.

Hull will view their next league game away to Northampton Town as the priority, but they beat West Ham 2-1 when the two teams last locked horns in the Premier League back in April 2017.

West Ham EFL Cup form: W
West Ham form (all competitions): LWL

Hull EFL Cup form: WW
Hull form (all competitions): WLWWW


Team News

West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson pictured in June 2020© Reuters

West Ham boss Moyes could decide to select the exact same XI from the last round against Charlton, with Haller, who is behind Antonio in the pecking order at the club, again leading the line.

Manuel Lanzini, Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko are all out of favour when it comes to the Premier League, but the trio started against Charlton and should again be handed places in the side here.

There are also expected to be starting roles for Robert Snodgrass and Josh Cullen, while Xande Silva was on the bench in the last round and could be involved in this clash.

As for Hull, McCann is likely to make alternations from the team that started against Crewe in the league on Saturday, but the bulk of the XI could remain in place.

Indeed, Wilks started the last round against Leeds and should continue in the team, while George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter should also feature for the visitors.

Daniel Batty, Callum Jones and Lewie Coyle were all unused substitutes in the league on Saturday but should come into the starting team for Tuesday's clash at the London Stadium.

West Ham possible starting lineup:
Randolph; Johnson, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Cullen; Anderson, Lanzini, Yarmolenko; Haller

Hull possible starting lineup:
Ingram; Coyle, Jones, McLoughlin, Elder; Doherty, Batty; Scott, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter; Wilks


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We say: West Ham 3-1 Hull

West Ham's second-string XI is full of quality and proved far too strong for Charlton in the last round. Hull have started the 2020-21 campaign in impressive form, but we are struggling to look past the Hammers, who should have more than enough on the night to progress to round four.


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