Everton vs. Hull City: Q&A

Laurence Griffiths

We caught up with Rick Skelton, Hull City blogger for Metro and Twitter-er extraordinaire (@HullCityLive) to talk about the game this weekend, and some background on the season Hull are having. Thanks to Rick for his time.

Let's get the obvious question out of the way first, Hull City Tigers???

It's a bad idea. It has no visible upside and the downside is obvious for all to see. The owner has been tremendous for the football club and has done great things but I hope he can be persuaded to re-think this. We're working hard at it. There'll be a "City 'til I die" chant at 19:04 on Saturday, feel free to join in!

Paul McShane, liability or defensive rock?

He has a level! He was tremendous in the Championship once he was given the opportunity but his performances in the top flight remain in the memory bank. He provides decent cover and his attitude is what fans love about him but he hasn't started a game this season because we have 3 better centre halves.

What's your take on your opening couple of months back on the Premier League?

It's been great. I thought we might take a bit longer to gel but things have come together quickly. We've played well at home but had to grind results out and have done well away particularly at Newcastle. Winning away in the Premier League is hard enough but coming from behind twice shows great mettle. Bruce has made some cracking signings and goalie Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies at centre half and Jake Livermore in midfield have started the season brilliantly. Tom Huddlestone is just a class above though.

What are your ambitions for the rest of the season?

I'll still be happy just to stay up by whatever means necessary. I think you have to be in the Premier League 3 or 4 seasons before your first ambition switches from simply staying up. That maybe a negative viewpoint but it's a realistic one.

Which player should we be watching out for?

Sone Aluko is very dangerous around the box. A really tricky player, great pace and excellent left foot.

What's your take on Everton this season?

They look a better side. They're showing more adventure and taking adventure of a really talented bunch of players. I think they look a bit more open at the back which is probably why they've drawn so many games but certainly look a bigger threat now.

Can you predict a score and give us a probable line up?

I think it'll be 3-1 or 3-2 to Everton, sadly. Robbie Brady is recovered from his Hernia operation already but I'd be surprised if he was risked so I expect McGregor; Rosenior, Figueroa, Faye, Davies; Elmohamady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Livermore; Aluko, Graham.

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