Competition: Premier League
Venue: KC Stadium – Saturday, January 31 – 12:45PM
Match odds: Hull 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – Newcastle 9/5
The early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday will see John Carver’s Newcastle United travel to the KC Stadium to take on a Hull City side that is desperate for a win.
Both sides have lost their last three games in all competitions and Hull and Newcastle come into the game needing to turn things around, which should make this an intriguing match.
Hull City have been poor this season and have struggled to threaten their opposition in attack, with their last goal coming on New Years Day. They have failed to score in six of their last eight league games.
Hull City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5
Much of this is down to the lack of availability of their forwards as Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic are both still out with groin and knee injuries respectively.
That means Sone Aluko should continue up front and Steve Bruce will be hoping he is the man to break the drought, as he knows that the pressure is really on the Tigers as they sit in the relegation zone going into the game.
Newcastle have had another mid-season crisis having lost their manager, Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, leaving interim boss John Carver to see out the season.
With one win in their last seven in the Premier League, they are in dire need of a victory at the KC Stadium though they have only won one of the last seven meetings with Hull.
Newcastle’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6
That win came at the KC Stadium last March in a game that was more memorable for Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler than the Magpies’ 4-1 win.
Much of Newcastle’s hopes this season lie on the shoulders of Papiss Cisse and he has potential to play on Saturday as Senegal were eliminated earlier this week from the African Cup of Nations. If he can return to the club in time he could feature.
Cisse was of course the catalyst for Newcastle in the reverse fixture as he grabbed a late brace to salvage a point at St. James’ Park back in September as the two sides drew 2-2.
This one could go either way and should start off a cracking weekend of fixtures with a bang. Neither side can afford to lose again.
Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/L/L
Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/D/L/L
Key Stat: Hull City have only beaten Newcastle at home twice in their history. Their last victory in front of their own fans came back in November 1990. Incredible.
Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The midfield powerhouse has the ability and presence to change this game in one attack and will be key to Newcastle’s plans. Hull City must contain him.
Hull vs. Newcastle Prediction: Hull City 0 – 1 Newcastle United – The Tigers lack enough bite to turn things around here.