PREVIEW: Hull City v Swans

7th January 2017

Paul Clement will begin his reign as Swansea City head coach with a trip to Hull City this afternoon.
The Swans begin their 2017 FA Cup campaign with a visit to the KCOM Stadium on the back of their midweek triumph at Crystal Palace.
Whilst Clement is expected to ring the changes this afternoon, the former Bayern Munich assistant manager will be eager to kick off his tenure as Swans boss on a winning note.
Hull City, meanwhile, also have a new head coach in place after Mike Phelan was dismissed this week.
Portuguese coach Marco Silva, who previously managed Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos, will take charge of his first match as Hull boss this afternoon.

TEAM NEWS
Both sides will be expected to make changes following the busy festive fixture schedule.
Hull are currently struggling with several injuries to Moses Odubajo (knee), Abel Hernandez (hernia), Greg Luer (knee), Will Keane (knee), Brian Lenihan (knee) and Alex Bruce (calf).
Swansea, meanwhile, will be without Jefferson Montero, who suffered a hamstring strain against Bournemouth on New Year's Eve.
Jordi Amat could return after serving a one-match suspension.



WHAT THEY SAID
Hull boss Marco Silva: "It's a very important game. It's not Premier League but we want to win and our goal is to win. 
"They had a good win in their last game, but we want to win also and put our problems to bed and move forward."

Swans head coach Paul Clement: "I had a brief discussion with the players before Crystal Palace and I said I wanted to see character and players showing me they are up for the challenge.
"I saw that. I saw that in their confidence in the first half, the way they played and took the game to Palace.
"We were under the cosh a bit more second half, but the team showed great character to come back after Palace equalised.
"The atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards was fantastic. There was a lot of relief and big smiles on faces."



LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea City 0-2 Hull City (August 2016)
Hull City 1-0 Swansea City (September 2015)
Swansea City 3-1 Hull City (April 2015)
Hull City 0-1 Swansea City (December 2014)
Hull City 1-0 Swansea City (April 2014)

PRE-MATCH STATS
29 - The two sides have met 29 times in all competitions, with the Swans boasting the advantage with 12 wins to Hull's nine victories.
5 - Hull have lost five of their six previous home games.