Hull City vs Everton, FA Cup live: score and latest updates

After a miserable few months in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez could do with some joy in the FA Cup.

Everton have one win from their last 12 league fixtures, a run which has seen them slump to 15th in the table. While they are eight points above the drop zone, the threat of relegation cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Not exactly the most popular choice of Everton manager given his association with Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Benitez has faced open mutiny in the stands at times. With increasingly vocal dissent against him and the club hierarchy, it’ll be a tough ask for him to salvage the season and, in the long run, his tenure at Goodison Park.

While a decent cup run won’t be enough to placate supporters on its own, it would at the minimum give Benitez something to keep up up as an achievement from his first campaign in charge. already if securing Everton’s Premier League position has to be his first priority, winning a few knockout games would add some excitement to what, at best, is shaping up to be a mundane slog.

Everton have not played Hull since March 2017, when the Tigers were last in the Premier League under Marco Silva. With their opponents currently 19th in the Championship, this should be a straightforward victory but also raises the possibility of a humiliating upset.

Speaking before the match, Benitez said: “Every game is enormous and I know how important the cup is for the club and our fans.

“If we can do well in some games, we’ll have more confidence and it will be easier to approach the next games. We have experience of what it method for [lower-league] teams to play against Premier League sides. It will be tough, for sure, but we are ready.

“I was pleased with the training session yesterday. The players were pushing and working hard. They realise after the Brighton game [a 3-2 defeat] we have to perform and do well. Mentally, we are ready.”

Meanwhile, Hull manager Grant McCann has suggested that his side are capable of upsetting the odds. “We see [the game] as an opportunity to try to get by to the next round,” he said.

“We understand that they are littered with quality all the way by their team but we’re at home and expecting a big following. We want to go and give it a go and see if we can get ourselves into the next round.”

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