Everton v Hull City
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Everton can move into the top six of the Premier League standings on a temporary basis at least if they beat Hull at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have enjoyed a rich vein of form since the start of the year, as they have only lost one of their last 11 top-flight games.
Another victory on Saturday would see them leapfrog Manchester United into the top six of the standings, although the Red Devils could regain that position with a victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku has been one of the main reasons behind Everton’s success, as he is the joint top scorer in the league this season with 19 goals, and he is expected to lead the line once again on Saturday.
Everton will be boosted by the news that Leighton Baines is fit for Saturday’s match, as the full-back has recovered from the knee injury he sustained during last weekend’s victory over West Brom.
However, James McCarthy remains absent with a hamstring problem, while fellow midfielder Muhamed Besic is still working his way back to fitness after a lengthy lay-ff.
Hull will head into the match with renewed vigour following last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Swansea at the KCOM.
That result means the Tigers head into the weekend’s fixtures just a point off safety, but they have struggled on the road this season, winning just one their top-flight games away from Humberside.
Hull will have to do without on-loan forward Oumar Niasse for Saturday’s match, as he is ineligible to face his parent club, while fellow January recruit Evandro remains sidelined with a calf complaint.
Markus Henriksen is back in training for the Tigers, but he is unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.
The two teams played out a 2-2 draw at the KCOM earlier in the season, with Ross Barkley scoring a late equaliser to salvage a point for the Toffees.