The FourFourTwo Preview: Newcastle vs Hull
- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle (Prem)
- Newcastle 1-0 Fulham (Prem)
- Morecambe 0-2 Newcastle (LC)
- Newcastle 0-0 West Ham (Prem)
- Man City 4-0 Newcastle (Prem)
- Hull 1-1 Cardiff (Prem)
- Man City 2-0 Hull (Prem)
- Leyton Orient 0-1 Hull (LC)
- Hull 1-0 Norwich (Prem)
- Chelsea 2-0 Hull (Prem)
A late breakthrough at home to Fulham was followed by an impressive 2-1 victory at Aston Villa last time out, only their second away victory in the Premier League since they won 2-1 at Villa Park in January. And with Yohan Cabaye disciplined but now refocused following his flirtation with Arsenal, the outlook, for a change, is a tad more positive on Tyneside.
“There is a time to forgive and forget, and his performance at Villa will go some way to winning the fans back,” said Pardew on the previously wantaway midfielder. "I am not sure he has won everybody back, but I think over the coming weeks he will."
Hull may have only picked up four points from four games, but boss Steve Bruce has been encouraged by his side’s displays and his troops will go there encouraged by the fact that City have won at St James' Park on their last two visits (both in 2008/09).
Profligacy has proved costly in their last two outings, allowing Cardiff to earn a draw at the KC Stadium and Manchester City to register what on paper looked like a routine 2-0 win but in reality was anything but.
Player to watch: Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Hull 1-1 Newcastle (Prem, Mar 09)
- Newcastle 0-1 Hull (FAC, Jan 09)
- Hull 0-0 Newcastle (FAC, Jan 09)
- Newcastle 1-2 Hull (Prem, Sep 08)
- Newcastle 2-0 Hull (LC, Oct 97)
Facts and figures
- Hatem Ben Arfa has mustered more attempts from open play than any other Premier League player this season (13).
- Hull City have won on three of their last four visits to St James Park in all competitions (one defeat).
- Reformed badboy Cheik Tiote has picked up only one yellow card in his last nine Premier League appearances (after collecting 31 yellows and one red in his previous 67 apps).
- Hull have won only one of their last 11 games in the Premier League, drawing four and losing six.
- St James’ Park has only seen one league goal this season, only Goodison Park has seen as few.
- The Ameobi brothers (Shola and Sammy) are yet to record a shot on target this season in 206 minutes of play.
- Danny Graham has now gone 20 Premier League appearances without scoring, with his last league goal coming on January 1st.
- Newcastle haven’t won three Premier League games in succession since a spell of six on the spin in March-April 2012.
- The Magpies have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League home games, but have also scored just one goal in their last five league games at St James Park.
- Since the start of last season, just two of the 46 Premier League goals scored by Newcastle players (excl. own goals) have been netted by Englishmen (Perch, Bigirimana).