Newcalstle – Hull City 21.09.2013
High-flying Newcastle United are on a two-game winning run in the Premier League, but the Magpies do not want to stop. With Hull City being their next opponents, the hosts are hoping that they will record yet another victory this season.
Newcastle United were on the were of relegation last season, but the team somehow managed to secure the top flight survival. After a slow start to the new Premier League campaign, Newcastle finally started to produce brilliant displays. The Magpies firstly recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Fulham at their St. Jamesˈ Park and then the team grabbed three points from Villa Park at the weekend, with Gouffran and Ben Arfa finding the net. The Magpies look much sharper with Ben Arfa in the starting line-up, who has totally recovered from his injury that made him a lot of problems last season. With Hull City next, Newcastle United have an ideal opportunity to record a victory that would help the team move away from the dangerous zone. Alan Pardewˈs men are brimming with confidence at the moment and I am tempted to back them to record their second home win of the season.
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Newcomers Hull City will be looking to record their first victory on the road this season when they take on Newcastle United at St. Jamesˈ Park. However, it has to be noted that the Tigers lost to two top teams Chelsea and Manchester City, while defeating Norwich City on home soil 1-0 and sharing the spoils with Cardiff City on the road. The club chiefs have done a great job by signing Tottehnam Hotspurs duo Huddlestone – Livermore as they have brought much needed balance in the middle of the park. The main goal for Hull City management is the Premier League survival and the team need to pick up points in matches against small teams. Experienced coach Steve Bruce is also a very important part of the team and it seems as if the Tigers would have played such good under any other boss. Nonetheless, with Newcastle being in an excellent form in recent weeks, I do not believe that the visitors can grab something from St. Jamesˈ Park.