- Venue:Goodison Park
- Referee:Mason, L
Full Time: EVERTON 5-1 HULL CITY. Everton cruise to victory with a fantastic display. The goals came from Arteta (2), Garcia (og), Donovan and Rodwell. Cairney had earlier levelled for Hull after Yakubu's penalty miss, but the hosts deserved the win.
Gosling is brought down from behind 25 yards from goal and is shown the first yellow card of the game. An Arteta goal here to complete his hat-trick could be the icing on the cake for Everton.
There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match. The Hull players will be praying for the final whistle.
EVERTON 5-1 HULL CITY. It's turning into a rout here. Donovan is freed on the right in acres of space. He could be selfish and shoot but he opts to square for RODWELL, who finishes expertly with his right-foot from 13 yards into the bottom corner.
Everton substitution: Gosling replaces Pienaar for the final five minutes.
EVERTON 4-1 HULL CITY. Baines' low cross from the left looks sets for Rodwell. Zayatte slides in but his slight touch only guides the ball to the unmarked DONOVAN at the far post and he fires into the far corner from the edge of the six-yard box.
Pienaar bursts forward into the Hull half. He looks for the run of Yakubu, but his pass is poor and Hull clear.
Altidore and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink combine well on the edge of the Everton area but Jagielka nips in and takes the ball from the Hull man as he looked set to shoot.
Rodwell gets a chance to run at the Hull defence, but Zayatte does well to dispossess the Everton striker.
McShane gets on the end of a long free-kick for Hull, but his header doesn't have enough power and goes safely into the arms of Howard.
Great chance for Yakubu but he fires it over from level with the penalty spot. He starts the move by playing it wide to Donovan. He returns the ball with a fine low pass in front of Yakubu, but he fires it over with the goal at his mercy.
Pienaar tries to play Baines in behind the Hull defence down the left, but it's a heavy pass from the Everton man and it flies out for a goal-kick.
Altidore gets the ball inside the Everton penalty area, but his first touch is heavy and the chance to do anything with it goes.
Everton substitution: Anichebe comes off for the soon to be departing Landon Donovan.
Hull substitution: Final change of the day for Phil Brown and Vennegoor of Hesselink comes on for Amr Zaki.
Yakubu breaks forward for Everton. At first he has no support and comes inside, but with decent options arriving left and right he opts to shoot left-footed and his 25-effort is straight at Myhill.
Another fine move from Everton ends with Pienaar getting in down the left. He crosses low, but just behind everyone and Hull clear.
The free-kick is curled in-swigning into the area. Howard comes for it but gets nowhere near and Zayatte heads over when he should do better.
Pieanaar brings down McShane 30 yards from goal on the right touchline and Hull have a free-kick and an opportunity to put the ball into the box.
Distin races forward into the Hull penalty area. He fires a shot left-footed, but Myhill stands strong and makes the save. The ball rebounds to Distin and this time his cross is put behind for a corner.
Hull substitution: The visiting side make their second change of the afternoon with Altidore coming on for Jimmy Bullard.
Hull substitution: Barmby leaves the field to resounding boos to be replaced by Geovanni.
Everton are enjoying a sustained spell of possession and pressure around the Hull penalty area. Arteta finds Anichebe ten yards out on the right channel, but his shot on the turn is deflected away.
Everton break three-on-one with Pienaar. He opts to centre it for Rodwell but his shot is deflected wide with the goal at his mercy. Hull are clinging on here.
Corner to Hull as Kilbane plays a cross off of Neville on the left. Bullard takes but Howard comes out and punches clear.
Bullard strides into Everton territory. He plays it in the right channel for Zaki. His first shot is blocked and he can't quite get space for another effort as the ball rebounds to him.
Good play by Everton again down the left and they're looking really dangerous now. Baines plays the ball low across the box. Anichebe looks set to pounch, but Mouyokolo does well to nick the ball off his toe at the last second.
EVERTON 3-1 HULL CITY. Hull finally crack and it's a comical own goal by GARCIA. Arteta crosses from the left, Myhill can't get any purchase on his punch and Garcia, standing on the line, heads into his own net.
Good chance for Rodwell. He gets space to turn inside the area. He hits it right-footed from the corner of the six yard box, but Zayatte gets his foot to it to divert the ball for a corner.
Great cross by Baines from the left. He finds the head of Yakubu, but he gets just in front of the ball and heads away from goal.
Another fine move from Everton and but for the flag they'd be celebrating a third goal. Arteta plays it to Pienaar in midfield. He plays it beyond the last defender for Yakubu on the left, but he's adjudged to be offside as he squares for Anichebe.
Arteta takes and the ball flies into the wall. Arteta claims for handball against Boateng, but nothing is given.
Pienaar just gets to the ball ahead of Boateng 25 yards out and the Hull man brings him down. Could be a chance for Arteta to go for his first career hat-trick.
Everton get the second half underway.
Half Time: EVERTON 2-1 HULL CITY. Arteta's double gives Everton the lead at the break. Cairney had earlier equalised for Hull just minutes after Yakubu saw his penalty saved. Everton have also struck the post and have been the better side.
Long throw-in from the left for Hull. It's launched into the area. Zaki heads it on and Barmby just gets in front of it at the far post and can't send the ball goalwards.
There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this half.
Pienaar goes down injured in a collision with McShane. The Hull man plays on much to the annoyance of the Goodison faithful.
The news from the Everton camp is that is it a groin strain for Leon Osman.
Everton substitution: Leon Osman comes off struggling with an injury and is replaced by Jack Rodwell.
Good chance for Yakubu to make it 3-1, but he can't get his shot away before being dispossessed. Anichebe turns it around the corner for him and he controls inside the area, but Zayatte comes across and nicks the ball from the Everton man.
EVERTON 2-1 HULL CITY. Fantastic football from Everton and ARTETA finishes it with a sweeping side-foot finish into the bottom corner. Anichebe played it low into the middle for Pienaar, who back-heeled for the on-rushing Arteta to score.
Arteta drives a low cross across goal from the right, but all of the Everton attackers had pulled away from goal for the cut back and Hull clear.
Dangerous cross by Barmby from the left looks bound for the head of Zaki, but Distin gets in to clear with an important header.
EVERTON 1-1 HULL CITY. Bullard's free-kick from the left is cleared as far as the edge of the area where CAIRNEY controls and volleys expertly back into the far corner with his left foot. It's a fantastic goal.
Yakubu tries to send the keeper the wrong way and places it to the keeper's right, but Myhill gets down to save and Hull clear the rebound. Myhill is a good two yards off his line when Yakubu strikes the ball.
Baines plays a low cross towards the near post. Zayatte and Yakubu get to the ball a yard from the near post, but with the ball going out of play Zayatte brings the Everton man down.
Zaki goes down theatrically on the edge of the Everton area under a challenge from Arteta. He flings his arms in the air looking for a free-kick, but the referee waves his protests away.
Kilbane goes in on Arteta at half-way with his studs showing. The Everton man goes down and the referee just wants a quick word with Kilbane.
Yakubu turns well 25 yards out and tries to play it in behind the right full-back position for Baines. It's a good looking ball, but it's just cut out and Hull clear.
Heitinga drives a deep cross from the right towards the far post. Pienaar slides in to try to turn it back across goal, but he can't get much on it and it goes out for a goal-kick.
Neville gets forward down the right. He crosses low, but wastes the chance by hitting the first defender.
Half chance for Barmby. He controsl a right-wing cross at the far post and volleys towards goal, but Neville does well to block.
EVERTON 1-0 HULL CITY. ARTETA arrives at the far post to volley home Yakubu's left-wing cross from six yards out. Yakubu cut back on his right foot, sent it to the far post and there was Arteta who finished smartly.
Low cross from the right by Yakubu, but it's cut out by Mouyokolo and Hull clear.
Great chance for Yakubu, but he hits the post. Boateng gives the ball away easily in midfield. The ball is played into Yakubu, who turns well on the edge of the area, but sees his low left foot effort come back off the foot of the post.
Zaki has an opportunity to shoot at the other end, but he's crowded out and he drags his shot tamely wide.
Arteta has another chance to shoot from distance, but drags his effort wide again. Baines pulls it back to him from the left and Arteta has space, but his effort is poor.
Arteta drives forward at pace for Everton. He tries to play Yakubu in from 25 yards, but his effort is poor and cut out. The rebound falls back to him and he has chance to shoot, but he volleys safely wide.
It was a slow start by Everton last week as they fell victims to Harry Redknapp's Tottenham and they've been slow out of the blocks again this afternoon.
First attack by Everton. Arteta plays it to the right wing for Neville. He crosses low, but it's a poor one and it's easily cleared.
First chance of the match falls to Hull and Garcia is denied by a fine save by Howard. Barmby's ball in behind the Everton defence is controlled superbly by Garcia. He tries to lift it beyond Howard who spreads himself well to save.
Boateng wins a challenge with Anichebe just inside the Hull half and the Everton man stays down holding his ankle. Hull launch an attack which breaks down as Barmby plays it wide to Kilbane who is in an offside position and leaves it to run out.
Barmby catches Distin in possession, heading to Bullard on the right. He tries to advance beyond Diston into the area, but he knocks it out for a goal-kick as he goes to ground looking for a free-kick.
Poor first touch by Arteta going back into his own half and Zaki challenges well to win a throw-in for his team, just inside the Everton half on the right.
The visitors get this match underway on a sunny afternoon at Goodison Park.
After a rocky start, Everton have stabilised the ship and are still in with a chance of claiming a European spot. However, after recent home wins against Chelsea and Man Utd, they were beaten at Sporting Lisbon and Spurs, so will need to bounce back.
Since then, Hull have dropped into the relegation zone, whilst Everton have lost to only two Premier League clubs in that time.
Hull have not won on the road for 12 months and their last win at Goodison Park was 58 years ago. They did, however, win the reverse fixture back in November.
Jimmy Bullard is available again for manager Phil Brown following injury and he could make a start for the visitors. In the three games he has completed this season Hull have not lost.
Craig Fagan misses out through suspension this afternoon for the visitors after his sending off last time out. Gardner is also unavailable, out for at least six weeks with an ankle injury.
Jagielka and Osman were both injury doubts before the match, but they start for the home side. Cahill, who has missed the last three games with a calf problem misses out.
Hull City team line-up: Myhill, McShane, Mouyokolo, Zayatte, Kilbane, Garcia, Bullard, Boateng, Cairney, Barmby, Zaki
Everton team line-up: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Heitinga, Arteta, Pienaar, Yakubu, Anichebe
One of Hull City's five wins this season came in a tense 3-2 victory over Everton in November at the KC Stadium but the Toffees side they will face this time around at Goodison will be a different proposition altogether.
Back then the Merseyside outfit were in the midst of a dreadful run of just one win in 12 games, but David Moyes' side has now tasted victory in six of their last nine league matches, including superb wins over Manchester United and Chelsea in their last two at Goodison Park.
By contrast the Tigers have picked up all three points in only one of their last 13 Premier League fixtures and Thursday marked exactly a year since their last away win in the competition at Fulham.
However, Phil Brown could be boosted by the potential return of Jimmy Bullard to action after three months on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
Without wishing to overplay the possibility of an appearance by the talismanic playmaker on Sunday, Brown said in the build-up to the match: "Jimmy is fine, no complaints, but we'll have to see how he is for the rest of the week.
"I'm not making any promises that he's going to start on Sunday. But if he's somewhere near, I'm sure he'll be kicking my door down to make sure he's involved."
Hull centre-half Anthony Gardner is, however, ruled out for the game as is Ian Ashbee with a long-standing injury, while Geovanni and Dean Marney are doubtful and Craig Fagan is suspended.
Everton have no fresh injury concerns with Louis Saha, Philippe Senderos and Marouane Fellaini still out, while Phil Jagielka could be in line for a first league start this season.
Mikel Arteta grabbed two first-half goals to inspire Everton to a crushing 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Hull City.
The 27-year-old Spaniard, who returned from a cruciate ligament injury in January, notched his first goal of the year in the 17th minute when he volleyed home Yakubu's cross.
Hull's heads were still spinning when Boaz Myhill saved Yakubu's poor penalty before midfield starlet Tom Cairney's strike dragged them level.
But Arteta struck again in the 39th minute before Richard Garcia fired past his own goalkeeper and Landon Donovan netted in his farewell appearance at Goodison Park, with Jack Rodwell adding the gloss.
In the 12th minute, Leon Osman robbed George Boeteng in the centre of midfield and fed Yakubu who sorted his feet out before poking the ball against the post with Myhill beaten.
After 12 months without an away win in the league, Hull boss Phil Brown opted to bus his side down to Merseyside on the day of the game.
But Nick Barmby appeared to still be on the coach when he allowed Arteta to drift into the Tigers box and net from Yakubu's 17th-minute cross.
After withstanding 16 more minutes of pressure Kamil Zayatte was penalised for bringing down Yakubu but the Nigerian's lazy penalty was blocked by Myhill.
Everton were immediately punished for the miss when teenager Cairney volleyed in a spectacular equaliser from 20 yards after the Toffees had failed to clear a corner.
Hull were buoyed by their first away goal of 2010 but, five minutes before half-time, Everton were back in front.
Arteta collected Steven Pienaar's clever back-heel in the area and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
And things went from bad to worse for struggling Hull six minutes after the re-start when Garcia headed Arteta's clipped cross into his own net.
On-loan striker Donovan netted in the final scheduled home appearance of his loan spell, before Rodwell slotted home a fifth in the 86th minute.
Shots off target