Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says a number of players have returned from international duty with “serious” injuries but wouldn’t reveal the names.
Those who played for their countries included Brad Smith, Joshua King, Nathan Ake, Max Gradel and Lewis Cook.
Hull will be without striker Dieumarci Mbokani, who has returned from the international break with an injury.
Michael Dawson is getting closer to a return following a knee problem, while Ahmed Elmohamady is back after a ban.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
John Roder: “Mike Phelan won the manager-of-the-month award for August as Hull City started the season with two victories and now, quite rightly, he has been confirmed in the job.
“Hull haven’t won in the Premier League since August, but their last three matches were against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
“Now they have a run of fixtures against teams of a similar stature, starting with Bournemouth, who have recorded 1-0 victories in their last two home matches.
“The Cherries are in good form, with just one defeat in their last five, and it may take something special from Hull to give Phelan extra reason for celebration.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “We know the importance of this game. Every home game, especially with the form we are in at home, we feel is very, very important.
“As a footballer you should enjoy coming out to play at home in front of your own supporters.”
It always looked a big ask for the Tigers to stay up and, after taking one point from their last five games, Hull have begun to plummet.
Bournemouth have taken seven points from their last four games and will see this game as an opportunity to continue that improved run.
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- Bournemouth have won just one of their last 12 league games against Hull (D4, L7), although their most recent meeting came back in March 2005 in League One.
- Bournemouth have suffered just one defeat in their last five league games, having lost six of the previous seven (D1).
- They have only kept two clean sheets in their last 17 league matches – but both of those have come in their previous two home games.
- Eddie Howe’s side are looking to win three home league games in a row for the first time in the Premier League.
- The Cherries have made the fewest changes to their starting XI in the Premier League, with a total of four this season.
- Callum Wilson has scored two goals in his last four Premier League games, the same number he managed in his previous 13 matches.
- Hull have lost their last three league games, conceding 11 goals in the process.
- They have gone five league matches without a victory (D1, L4).
- The Tigers have scored 71.4% of their goals from set-pieces, which is the highest proportion in the Premier League and includes a joint-league-high three goals from corners.
- They have failed to score a first-half goal in their last six league matches.
- No team has used fewer players in the top-flight this season than Hull (18, equal with Chelsea).
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