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Saturday 20 September 2014 | St. James' Park | Kick-off 15:00

Newcastle
Newcastle
0 - 0
Hull
Hull
 
 

Match preview

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is hoping his side rediscover their cutting edge in time for the visit of Hull City on Saturday.

Pardew's charges have endured a difficult start to the season with just two points from four matches having left the Magpies at the foot of the Barclays Premier League standings.

The three goals they have mustered to date all came in their 3-3 home draw with Crystal Palace and Newcastle were on the wrong end of a 4-0 humbling at the hands of his former club Southampton last weekend. To compound matters the Tyneside outfit could also find themselves shorn of the services of creative midfielder Siem de Jong for the rest of the year.

"The worry is how many goals are we going to score? We need to find a formula which will get us some goals," said Pardew. "We've spoken about how important making a good start against Hull is because that’s something we haven't been doing."

When asked about De Jong, he added: "I'm suggesting, certainly, he won't be back for the next three months. After that it could be any time, really."

Hull manager Steve Bruce makes the trip to Tyneside in relatively buoyant mood after goals from deadline-day signings Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame helped his side secure a 2-2 draw against West Ham United on Monday.

The Tigers have lost just once in the Barclays Premier League this season and boast an impressive recent record at Newcastle having won on their last three visits in all competitions.

Newcastle loanee Hatem Ben Arfa will not be available to play against his parent club, so Bruce could hand a start to Gaston Ramirez, who came off the bench against West Ham, and the former Sunderland boss is eager to see Hernandez and Diame continue their promising starts to life at Hull.

"They both had wonderful debuts," he said. "Scoring on their debuts will do them both the world of good.

"We know [Hernandez] can finish with his left foot, he’s a decent athlete, he's good in the air and as a South American, he's tough enough to go and play the game.

"We played [Diame] in a central midfield role which I know he enjoys. He can also play either left or right in a midfield three and he has a lot of talent. If he keeps playing like he did on Monday, I'll be perfectly happy."

Neither side have any fresh injury concerns ahead of a clash that could see Newcastle join Hull on five points in mid-table.

Magpies fans are planning to hold a minute's applause for midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who this week revealed that he is being treated for testicular cancer.

Hull City (from): Harper, Jakupovic, McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Dawson, Figueroa, Lenihan, Maguire, McShane, Robertson, Rosenior, Brady, Diame, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Ince, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Ramirez, Aluko, Hernandez, Jelavic, Sagbo.

Newcastle United (from): Alnwick, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, Janmaat, Streete, S Taylor, Williamson, Abeid, Anita, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, Obertan, Sissoko, Tiote, Vuckic, Ameobi, Armstrong, Ferreyra, Gouffran, Perez, Riviere.

Match appointments
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick Assistants: S Ledger, M Perry Fourth Official: R Madley

Current form

Last six matches

lost

4 - 0 v Southampton (A) 13 Sep 2014

drawn

3 - 3 v Crystal Palace (H) 30 Aug 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Aston Villa (A) 23 Aug 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Man City (H) 17 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

3 - 0 v Cardiff (H) 03 May 2014

lost

4 - 0 v Southampton (A) 13 Sep 2014

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

2 - 2 v West Ham (H) 15 Sep 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Aston Villa (A) 31 Aug 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Stoke (H) 24 Aug 2014

won

0 - 1 v QPR (A) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v QPR (A) 16 Aug 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Aston Villa (A) 31 Aug 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Newcastle Hull

Sat 21 Sep 2013 | St. James' Park | Attendance: 51,523

Newcastle 2 - 3 Hull
  • Loïc Remy (10, 44)
  • Robbie Brady (26)
  • Ahmed Elmohamady (48)
  • Sone Aluko (76)
  Possession
Newcastle 61%
Hull 39%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Newcastle 0 0
Hull 0 0
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Newcastle 0 1 0
Hull 0 1 0
Total 0 2 0
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