Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hull City started like a train but have they hit the buffers?

The way Hull City set about the Premier League we might consider a tad unconventional. having a manager resign just before the season start and then only having 13 first team players to play the first game against the Champions didn't look like a successful formula, but Mike Phelan made it work somehow. That early momentum may have been slowed, but Hull City will come to Dean Court knowing that a win would re-ignite their promising return to the top tier.
AFCB can really push themselves up the league with a home win today.
Since Swansea City were brushed aside by Hull City on 20 August, the Tigers have found it tough going with just one point from their last five games. They include big defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal and also a closer contest, but a home defeat, against Chelsea in their last match. Their fixture list has not been kind and when they have played the teams that might be considered lesser weights in the league such as Swansea and Burnley, Hull City have collected points. So the match against AFCB is likely to be a game that won't see them sit back.

The player that has been enjoying his return to the Premier League in their side is Robert Snodgrass. He has been slotting home three league goals and one in the English League Cup. Otherwise their goals have been fairly well shared out and AFCB's team talk should certainly be concentrating on avoiding unnecessary free kicks with such a specialist as Snodgrass in City's ranks. They have a powerful midfield with Shaun Maloney, ex-Wigan, Tom Huddleston ex-Spurs along with Ryan Mason, who AFCB were often said to be keen on signing themselves.

Where they probably struggle is up front. Abel Hernández scored all the goals in their rise from the Championship, but the number nine has just one goal this season and came on as a late sub in their last game. Adama Diomandé, the Norwegian striker has had to carry the fight up front and will be hoping for more service. 

As for AFCB it will be intriguing to see if Harry Arter has recovered well enough to start and if Josh King is available after his international appearances for Norway. UTCIAD! 

Hull City Away Form

AFCB Home Form

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