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  • January 18, 2014
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Premier League Preview: Norwich City - Hull City

Premier League Preview: Norwich City - Hull City

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The Norfolk outfit last tasted victory in early December and will need to re-find its form to thwart the Tigers and new signing Nikica Jelavic.

Norwich City hosts Hull City on Saturday looking to ease the pressure on the shoulders of manager Chris Hughton and end a run of eight games without a win in all competitions.

The Carrow Road outfit was beaten 3-0 by fellow Premier League struggler Fulham in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday and will face a Hull side boosted by the signing of striker Nikica Jelavic from Everton.

The Croatia international became Steve Bruce's first signing of the January transfer window on Wednesday, with Shane Long in line to become the second after the Tigers agreed to a fee with West Brom for the forward.

Former Rangers man Jelavic goes straight into the squad for this weekend's game as the Yorkshire club aims to sweep Norwich following a 1-0 home win in August.

Jelavic bolsters a side that has won only three of its last 15 Premier League encounters as it seeks to avoid an immediate return to the Championship following promotion last season.

Indeed, Norwich can move level with 10th-place Hull - which sits five points above the relegation zone - by claiming victory.

Hull boss Bruce has no new injury concerns for the game, with Sone Aluko (Achilles), Robbie Brady (groin) and Paul McShane (ankle) his only absentees.

Norwich could hand a debut to midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, signed on loan from Newcastle United on Monday, while Alexander Tettey and Anthony Pilkington both return from injury. Defender Michael Turner remains on the sidelines with an ankle problem, and Jonny Howson (back) and Elliot Bennett (knee) also miss out.

Norwich's last victory came Dec. 7 with a 2-0 triumph at West Brom, but Hughton is confident his squad has what it takes to get back to winning ways.

He said: "Do I have faith in this group of players? Yes. There wouldn't be anybody in the changing room that hasn't had to cope with more difficult times or a period in their career where they haven't got the results they wanted to."

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4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
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