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Everton v Hull City

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Steven Pienaar is in line for a return against Aston Villa after Roberto Martinez admitted Saturday's contest against Hull could come too soon for the South African.

The midfielder sustained a soft tissue injury in training last month and has missed the past five games.

And although Pienaar has returned to full training in advance of this weekend's game against the Tigers, Martinez has earmarked the trip to Villa Park on 26 October as a more likely comeback.

"Steven has been working with the group very well," the Blues boss explained.

"I think this weekend could be too early but I do expect him to be fully fit for next Saturday."

Steven PienaarSteven Pienaar is unlikely to return against the Tigers.

Meanwhile, the Spaniard also provided an update on the fitness of Antolin Alcaraz, with the summer signing yet to feature since a pre-season outing at Accrington.

Martinez also confirmed that, Darron Gibson's ligament injury aside, a knock to Apostolos Vellios was the only addition to his injury list from the latest round of internationals.

"Antolin is looking very strong. He had a setback three weeks ago but now is back and fully recovered. I do feel he will be ready in the next three weeks - probably in the next international break, but we're very pleased with his recovery.

"Vellios picked up a knock with Greece Under-21s, but everyone else came through unscathed."

Don’t miss out - seats are still available for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off against Hull. Tickets start from £32 for adults and only £16 for Under-16s.

Form

Everton are unbeaten in their last 11 home Premier League fixtures, a run which commenced with a scoreless draw against Swansea in the middle of January.

This season seven out of a possible nine points have been secured at Goodison, with the Blues seeing off both Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Martinez's men suffered their only league reverse of the campaign prior to the international break when they were edged out 3-1 at Manchester City.

Sone Aluko nets the winner in Hull's 3-2 win at Newcastle United last month.Sone Aluko nets the winner in Hull's 3-2 triumph at Newcastle United last month.

Likewise, Hull City have enjoyed a positive first couple of months back in the top-flight. They sit just one place below Everton in the table having recouped 11 points from their opening seven fixtures, including wins against Newcastle United and West Ham United.

The Tigers have also managed to balance league commitments with a Capital One Cup adventure, and they now have a fourth round tie to look forward to following their 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the previous stage of the competition in October.

Last Meeting

Hull were routed 5-1 the last time they travelled to play Everton in March 2010.

Mikel Arteta was the star of that show, scoring twice to condemn the Tigers a defeat which pushed them ever closer to eventual relegation.

The Spaniard scored a brace either side of Tom Cairney’s equaliser, Richard Garcia then put through his own net and late strikes from Landon Donovan and Jack Rodwell sent the Tigers packing to yet another demoralising defeat in a season which ended in a return to the Championship.

John Heitinga joins in with Landon Donovan as the American celebrates scoring on the final Goodison appearance of his first loan spell with the Blues. John Heitinga joins in with Landon Donovan as the American celebrates scoring on the final Goodison appearance of his first loan spell with the Blues.

Meetings between the two teams have generally been few and far between and you have to go all the way back to August 1952 for the last time Hull took maximum points from a visit to Goodison Park – a 2-0 success in the old Division Two.

What's Happening At Goodison

This weekend's retro fixture will see the matchday programme specially produced in a 1960s style and classic highlights played out on the big screens before kick-off.
 
To bring back the great memories of footballing days gone by, former players, a retro band and even a traditional adult Toffee Lady will all be on hand in the Fan Zone before the match.

For the first time, the Fan Zone will also reopen after the game so that supporters can get involved in post-match analysis with a former player and watch highlights of the game.
 
Junior Evertonians can welcome the players to the stadium from 12.30pm along the Players’ Parade and get their hands on a host of giveaways, including classic football rattles, Everton rosettes and old-school pin badges.

Everton fan zoneThe Everton Fan Zone will be open after the game for the first time.
 
A 1960s tribute band will be playing musical classics to create a nostalgic atmosphere, while the food stands will be offering fare more synonymous with football in the 1970s and 1980s alongside their usual options.

And to bring the retro atmosphere to life, the Club is also urging all Blues fans to dig out their retro shirts and scarves for the match, and encouraging junior fans to find their parents' old shirts to show they know their history!

Goodison’s special guests also continue the retro vibe with Sir Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson and Derek Temple in attendance. Supporters can also enjoy a scene from The Dixie Dean Story in the Fan Zone before kick-off.
 
Everton’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also receive some retro treatment. To make sure you are involved online, use the hastag #EFCretro.

Tickets for Saturday's game are still available. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878*.

Alternatively, visit the Park End box office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square.

To find out more about retro day, click here.

 

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