Newcastle vs Hull: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at St. James’ Park

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Last time these two teams met, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was handed a seven match ban for a head-butt on Hull’s David Meyler.

The Magpies are in a similar state of turmoil this time as they prepare to host Hull. Newcastle are glued to the bottom of the table having not won a game this season and fans are calling for Pardew’s head.

Owner Mike Ashley has been scrutinised as it appears that Pardew has had little control over Newcastle’s transfer dealings - the loss of Hatem Ben Arfa and Matheiu Debuchy has angered fans, while new signings such as £6m Emmanuel Riviere have failed to impress.

Hull meanwhile have had a hugely successful summer, with exciting talents such as Mohamed Diame, Abel Hernandez and Ben Arfa joining Steve Bruce’s squad. The former two both scored against West Ham on Monday and these appear to be exciting times for the team. Owner Assem Allam has put the club up for sale as he fights for a change of name to Hull Tigers, but Bruce has appealed for calm from Hull supporters.

Video: Premier League review

KICK OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Hull 1 (Davies) Newcastle 4 (Sissoko x2, Remy, Anita), Premier League, March 2014

Newcastle 2 (Remy x2) Hull 3 (Brady, El Mohamady, Aluko), Premier League, September 2013

Hull 1 (Geovanni) Newcastle 1 (Taylor), Premier League, March 2009

STATS…

Newcastle have lost all three previous home games against Hull.

The Magpies have failed to find the net in eight of their past 10 league matches.

Hull broke their transfer record twice this summer, first with £8m Jake Livermore , then with £10m Abel Hernandez.

ODDS…

Newcastle to win: 2.00

Hull to win: 3.80

Draw: 3.30

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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