The FourFourTwo Preview: Hull vs Cardiff
- Man City 2-0 Hull (Prem)
- Leyton Orient 0-1 Hull (LC)
- Hull 1-0 Norwich (Prem)
- Cardiff 0-0 Everton (Prem)
- Accrington 0-2 Cardiff (LC)
- Cardiff 3-2 Man City (Prem)
Cardiff's title win was built on an impressive home defence - none of the 92 teams conceded fewer on their own turf last term - and they've already taken four points from the visits of Manchester City and Everton. But Malky Mackay's team were also the Championship's second-highest scorers on the road, and after a false start in the opening 2-0 loss at West Ham, they'll want to show they aren't just homebirds.
Hull welcome back half-man, half-tank Abdoulaye Faye from a calf injury, although he may not dislodge Curtis Davies and James Chester. Sone Aluko is also back in contention, while Allan McGregor and George Boyd should run off the pesky groin and ankle problems that kept them off Scotland duty. But deadline loanee Gedo lacks match fitness: "Maybe a week or two," says Bruce, declining him game time.
Player to watch: Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Hull 2-2 Cardiff (Champ, May 13)
- Cardiff 2-1 Hull (Champ, Nov 12)
- Cardiff 0-3 Hull (Champ, Mar 12)
- Hull 2-1 Cardiff (Champ, Oct 11)
- Hull 0-2 Cardiff (Champ, Feb 11)
Mackay could do worse than pick Bruce's brain about establishing a promoted team in the top flight: leading Birmingham, Wigan and Sunderland to mid-table comfort looks impressive in retrospect.
Facts and figures
- Hull have attempted fewer shots than any other side in the Premier League so far this season (16 excl. blocked).
- No side have played a higher proportion of their passes long in the 2013/14 Premier League than Cardiff (16.3%).
- Only Fulham (17) and Hull (16) have attempted fewer shots than Cardiff so far in the 2013/14 Premier League (20).
- Hull have lost just one of their last four league clashes with Cardiff (W2 D1).
- Three of the seven goals scored between the two teams last season were scored inside the final 10 minutes.
- The Tigers’ last four Premier League fixtures have produced just five goals.
- Only Watford (39) picked more up points on the road than Cardiff (36) last season in the Championship.
- Both of Hull’s goals in all competitions this season have been scored by Robbie Brady.
- Last season, Maynor Figueroa – then at Wigan, now at Hull – was the only player to concede as many as three penalties in the Premier League.
- Both teams were promoted last season from the Championship despite not boasting a single player to reach double figures for goals scored.
- Cardiff only failed to score 6 times in 46 Championship games last season, the lowest in the division; Hull were goalless in 12 of 46 games.
1-1. Cardiff bag an early one but Hull grind back into it, and nobody's particularly happy.