Newcastle look to continue their recent good form against Hull City, whilst the Tigers are looking for their first goal away from home this season.
Odds: Newcastle 5/6, Draw 27/10, Hull 4/1
Newcastle come into this game in relatively good form after winning their past two games, whilst Hull are looking to get something on the road for the first time since being promoted to the top flight. Newcastle have seven points from their four games, whilst Hull have taken four.
Robert Koren is a doubt for Hull as there has been no time-scale put on his recovery from an ankle injury whilst Newcastle’s injury list still remains relatively extensive with Shola Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan all likely to miss out.
Last time they met
Hull City 1-1 Newcastle – Premier League March 2009
It was a game that neither side could really afford to lose as they battled to avoid relegation. Hull took the lead early on when Geovanni headed home a Craig Fagan cross before it was cancelled out by Steven Taylor seven minutes before half-time. A point wasn’t great for either side as they were both in a relegation scrap right up until the last day of the season, where Hull City managed to stay up.
Here is a look at five players who may stand out this weekend:
Hatem Ben Arfa
He has been the main reason Newcastle have picked up maximum points from each of their last two outings, will he be their main man again or will someone else take up the responsibility? Either way, he may still be a hard man to stop.
The responsibility of stopping Ben Arfa will probably rest with Figueroa. An experienced left-back in the Premier League but he is going to have to play very well on what will be one of his more challenging afternoons this season.
What Newcastle would really like is for Cisse to rediscover the shooting boots he had when he first arrived at the club. Can he rediscover that kind of form that will partly keep Newcastle’s momentum going?
Expect Huddlestone to see a lot of the ball in the middle of the park. He had a relatively impressive game at Manchester City a couple of weeks back and Hull created some good opportunities off the back of it. If he can play with a similar degree of discipline he could be integral to the Tigers coming away from St James’ Park with a good result.
Yet to find the target for his new club, but wouldn’t it be ironic for a former Sunderland player from Gateshead to score the winner against Newcastle? It would certainly be welcomed by Hull fans.
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