Everton boss Ronald Koeman has warned his side against complacency as they prepare to take on bottom of the table Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Friday (Hull 10/3 to win match, Draw 13/5, Everton 19/20).
The Toffees will travel to Humberside in good spirits as they have won two of their previous three matches, producing much-improved displays as they defeated both Arsenal and Leicester City.
Koeman’s men are now up to seventh in the Premier League standings (Everton 15/2 to secure a top-six finish), but the Dutchman has warned his side against complacency, as they prepare to take on a Tigers team that have only won one of their last 16 top-flight games.
“That’s the most dangerous (thing) you can do in football,” the manager told a news conference on Wednesday. “The Premier League is unpredictable. Maybe expect a win and it will be totally different. I don’t look at the position in the table.”
Despite their poor run of form, Hull have produced some much-improved displays in recent weeks, losing narrowly to West Ham United before succumbing to three late goals against Manchester City, and Koeman believes the Tigers have been playing better than their position in the table currently suggests.
“I watched Hull play City and after 70 minutes it was 0-0,” he added. “They lost away at West Ham 1-0 but Hull were the better team. That means don’t focus on position in the table. It’s a tough one, it’s a difficult one, and we need to be at our best.”
Everton have failed to win any of their last two meetings with Hull, losing 2-0 when the two sides last met at the KCOM Stadium in January 2015.
odds subject to change