Newcastle v Hull City – Premier League match preview

Magpies v Tigers
Magpies v Tigers
It was a little over a month ago when Manchester City walked all over us in our opening game of the season.

Things looked bleak and frustration was starting to boil over, not just regarding the performance, but also a lack of summer additions and yet more comedy off the field.

To be fair that anger and anxiety is still there, but since then we’ve seen an upturn in fortunes when it comes to results on the football pitch. We’re unbeaten in four games in all competitions since Manchester City. We’ve won three of those, and another win tomorrow against Steve Bruce and his Hull City outfit would represent our best points return from our opening five league games of the season since the year 2000.

Maybe it’s misplaced optimism, maybe it’s cracks being papered over, but right now results are good and, perhaps more interestingly, performances are better than they have been for a while, both in terms of style of football and the way we approach a game so for now, at least, things are looking better than they were a month ago even though little has really changed. It’s amazing what a few positive results can do for supporter feeling.


United will be without Steven Taylor who picked up a knock in training and is likely to be out for a week or so. Jonas Gutierrez remains absent with a hamstring injury while Shola Ameobi also looks likely to miss out after picking up an injury on international duty with Nigeria. Aside from those three, plus longer term absentee Ryan Taylor, Alan Pardew has a full squad to choose from.

Hull City:

Captain Robert Koren has been ruled out for up to two months after breaking a bone in his foot. Paul McShane is out with a hamstring injury while Maynor Figueroa has been granted compassionate leave to attend a family problem in Honduras so will also be missing. Striker Yannick Sagbo is available after completing his suspension.


There isn’t much of a history to reflect back on between the two clubs. The most recent meetings all came in that fateful relegation season of ours with United failing to register a win in any of the four games between the two sides – Hull winning twice at St James’ Park and holding us to draws on two occasions at their place.

There have been just 14 games played between the two sides with United coming out on top in seven of those compared to just four wins for Hull and three draws which make up the numbers. The highest scoring game (and biggest win registered by either side) came back in 1934 with United beating Hull 6-2 at St James’ Park in the old Second Division.

Stats and facts:

Hatem Ben Arfa has had more attempts at goal in open play than any other player in the Premier League so far this season.

It sounds worse than it actually is, but the last time Newcastle beat Hull in a league game was in 1990.

Hull have not won an away game since they registered victory at Fulham in March 2009 – a run which stretches back 20 games.

Final thought…

Whenever I think of Hull I cast my mind back to that relegation season. For whatever reason we just couldn’t beat them and in the end it was us who was relegated instead of them. Of course it’s not their fault as our results over the course of that season did the damage and not a team who we should have been beating with the greatest of respect.

However they did prove to be tricky customers despite them being the underdog in most of their games. Bigger teams than us fell to them so I’m very wary of complacency regarding this game. We have enough to beat them on paper, but football isn’t played on paper and can pan out completely differently to how people may expect it to. We’ll be the favourites, but it’s also up to us to get the job done.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 21st September, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: St James’ Park

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113 thoughts on “Newcastle v Hull City – Premier League match preview

  1. Aussie…I’ve got friends staying at the minute…I’ll be on more when the transfer window shuts, it’s more enjoyable then 😉 😛


  2. I fancy a very comfortable 2-0 today (despite what Aussie says).
    With Mcshane and Maynor missing at the back leaves them weakened in defence and Koren missing in midfield means they lack their most creative player. Aluko could be dangerous but if we stick with 4-3-3 I think our midfield will have him well covered.

    I even fancy Cisse to notch today like. Cisse and Remy with the goals today.


  3. Dave@84 ,just as well really ,don’t think the blog could handle multiple personalities in one person , we struggle enough with Rods Jekyll and Hyde routine. 😆


  4. Toon 2 Hully Gully’s 0

    Cisse breaks his duck, and HBA smacks in a screamer…

    Lovely jubbly, and we can all enjoy our Saturday night beverage 🙂

    Pardew for England !


  5. Just that KK yesterday that we were the 5th best performing club in EPL, thought not, he seems to have forgotten about Spurs, Villa & Everton.


  6. Big D, get the yellow card ban hammer at the ready mate, there’s banter and there’s abuse, you know when the line has been crossed 🙄


  7. If we are on our game 2.0 if we don’t offer them enough respect they will sneak a 0.1 win ,score and shut up shop. mm ,I agree reckon Cisse will get one today too .


  8. Prem@89 ,God how cool would that be , hopefully they will be so busy keeping Benny quiet that Remy and Cisse can have a field day.


  9. MM I had it in my hand ready and waiting lastnight butI think he took my advice.
    I agree 100% banter is welcome but he has abused bloggers before and got away with it.

    Kim 😆 Rod has always been a one off 😀


  10. 3-1 to the toon

    Remy double and a barfa header from 40yrds 😯

    Toon Toon

    Does anyone know when this demo-march is taking place that Troys organising?


  11. 3 -1 for toon ❗ 😀
    Ben arfa 1 cisse and remy 1 too ❗
    Anythink only newcastle united can give hope and life energiy..
    Peace and love 😳 my friends for 95 mns and we back for ghe bill later .. 😉
    Come on and howay the lads ❗ 4th or 5th to night ❗ 😎


  12. Thanks dav..i m just djebs..unik special toon person … :mrgreen: strang ok but sklly passioned like you all.. ❗
    I m not prem. Or hba.or newki..perhaps bb..i dont know…
    Big kiss kimipies ! Son of pies 😉


  13. Oh i forget…433 please …… 😕 please mr ****n king genius lord pardew… please… ❗
    Dont ditrying the party ❗ ..ok.sorry ..strange langage …isnt it… 😳


  14. Don’t like feeling this confident before a match….and Im an optimist 😉 HWTL!

    I always thought Djebs was one of BobbyTroys characters, but the hard core language thing doesn’t seem his style


  15. Win and we temporarily go second..
    This game is a great test, 11/12 our watermark was beating the teams we as fans expected to win. We didn’t get many shock wins – man utd and chelsea aside, and we slipped up to many midtable teams away from home – everton/villa/norwich, but we efficiently got the job done in our bread and butter games.
    Lets smash those tigers.


  16. Aussie…I have more than 1 friend 😉 …didn’t seem to have this many when I lived in a small flat in Alicante though! 🙄 😉

    MDS…The sentences are too structured for it to beTroy 😉


  17. I see JFK writing in the programme says it was very difficult to find better than what we had in the last transfer window with the finances available. How much did he have, 50p? We don’t need anybody better than what we got up front as we’ve not hot much up front outside our starting eleven. Also said everything was inflated – didn’t stop every body else improving their squad did it?

    Its clear we have just no ambition, no money and no hope.


  18. I reckon it’s b&b
    Definitely a wum
    Even someone whose English was poor wouldn’t spell pardew ‘pardu’


  19. Ok ..someone have the team paper ❓

    Hopefully fully 433 ….like i prono yesterday…krully …debs colo mbiwa sant…anita..cabs sissoko…..hba remy…cisse 😎


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