SCOUT'S REPORT: HULL CITY
After two defeats on the road, Cardiff City return to what been an impenetrable safe haven so far this season - Cardiff City Stadium. With seven wins out of seven at home, City will be looking to keep their 100% record and return to winning ways against Hull City.
Hull are coming to Cardiff off the back of three wins, the latest being a 2-1 victory over recent Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers. Of course, Hull have been in the top flight in recent years too and only returned to the Championship in 2010. They spent two seasons in the Premier League after a rise from League Two to the top tier of English football in only four years.
Since the Tigers’ three game losing streak at the end of September into the beginning of October, they have won five out of their last six games, including two victories on the road. This good form sees the Humberside club lying fourth in the table, level on points with the Bluebirds on twenty-eight and only two behind current leaders, Crystal Palace. Hull are only behind Cardiff because of an inferior goal difference of four, five less than Cardiff’s nine.
Out of the seven games Hull have played away from KC Stadium this year they have won three, lost three and drawn one. Like Cardiff, their home form is much more impressive.
Key players:Ben Amos who is Hull’s third top scorer with three goals. The Senegalese inyernational has also had experience of the Premier league with Bolton, Stoke and Newcastle, and has proved to be an important acquisition for Hull.Abdoulaye Faye has played in the top flight with both Fulham and Reading before joining Hull City. He has yet to score for the Tigers, unlike his fellow defender Liam Rosenior. The Manchester United loanee has played in every game since joining the Tigers in the summer. In front of him are defenders with a wealth of experience. Steve Brucehas been the 'keeper in favour this term for Manager
have only score three goals between them. Aluko has impressed since leaving Rangers, and more goals from him and Simpson could be the ticket back to the premier league for Hull.Aaron Mclean and Nick Proschwitz. Aluko has scored six in the league, and Simpson has scored five. Aluko’s contribution to goals from midfield has definitely been needed as Simpson’s fellow strikers Jay Simpson and Sone AlukoThe two players that have scored more than Faye are
. He has made nine appearances in the league for Hull, but was on the bench last time out. He made thirty-nine appearances for Cardiff while on loan from Hull and his first goal for City was against his parent club in the autumn of 2010.Seyi OlofinjanaOne player that Cardiff fans will know well is
The two sides have met 57 times since their first meeting back in 1921. The record books show that the teams are pretty even. Hull have the slight upper hand with 21 wins compared to Cardiff’s 18. There have been 18 draws in this time which shows how even the clubs have been in comparison. The two clubs have also been even in recent years. The last ten fixtures have seen five Hull wins, four Cardiff wins and one tie. Last season Hull achieved the double over Cardiff and the year before, vice versa. With the two teams level on points in the league this time around it could prove to be another close game.Previous Meetings:
Last Meeting: Cardiff City 0–3 Hull City (13/03/2012)
Hull had won their home fixture 2-1 early on in the season so Cardiff were looking for revenge to maintain their promotion push. :
for impeding the keeper.Kenny Miller had appeared to equalise for the Bluebirds early in the game, but the referee wrongly penalised Ben Turner. The tie was well and truly made out of reach in the 55th minute when Aaron Mclean made it 3-0, though the tie could have been very different. Robert Koren then added a second a minute after the restart for the second half, thanks to a break away from James Chester turned the ball into his own net. Defender Kevin McNaughtonRevenge seemed to be unlikely with only six minutes on the clock though when, after a goalmouth scramble,
Cardiff City Line-up: Heaton, Blake, Kiss.Subs not used:Marshall, Taylor, Hudson. Turner, McNaughton, Whittingham, Cowie (Conway,67), Lawrence, Gunnarsson, Miller (Earnshaw, 73), Mason.
Hull City Line-up: Gulacsi, Cairney, Cullen.Subs not used:Mannone, Rosenior, Dawson, Chester, Hobbs, Mckenna, Evans, Stewart (Dudgeon, 66), Koren, Mclean, King (Fryatt, 87).