Canaries welcome Hull City to Carrow RoadNORWICH CITY v HULL CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday January 18, 2014
HULL City have impressed many with their exploits since returning to the Premier League last summer… but the Canaries will draw level with them in the table with victory this weekend.
Steve Bruce’s side currently occupy 10th place but only six points cover the bottom 11 teams in the division, and City will be hoping to one of the sides to make up places after a run of eight games without a win in all competitions.
They will be boosted by the return of Alexander Tettey and Anthony Pilkington to the squad after injury lay-offs, and the presence of new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez, who is eligible to make his debut for the Club.
Hull have their own fillip after securing Nikica Jelavic for a fee of £6.5m from Everton, but they have only won once on the road in the league this season – a 3-2 win against Newcastle United back in September.
The Tigers edge the overall head-to-head record with 14 wins – most recently in the second week of this campaign - to Norwich City’s 12, while there have been eight matches that have ended all square.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Hull City 1-0 NORWICH CITY 24/08/2013 – Premier League
Hull City 1-1 NORWICH CITY 19/03/2011 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 0-2 Hull City 25/09/2010 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Hull City 12/02/2008 – Championship
Hull City 2-1 NORWICH CITY 25/08/2007 – Championship
LAST TIME AROUND… Hull City 1-0 Norwich City, August 24 2013 – Premier League…
The Canaries couldn’t take advantage of Hull playing the majority of the game with ten men as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat on the second weekend of the season at the KC Stadium.
Yannick Sagbo – who had earlier won the penalty that Robbie Brady converted for the game’s solitary goal – was sent-off for an apparent head-butt on Russell Martin in the first half.
City failed to make it count, however, going closest through Ricky van Wolfswinkel, whose header was denied acrobatically by Allan McGregor.
Chris Hughton said afterwards: “"I thought the penalty was soft. If you are going to give that as a penalty then you are going to give so many of them in every game.
"Shortly before that Michael Turner gets pushed in the box by Curtis Davies and for me that is a bigger claim for penalty than the one he's given. So I feel really aggrieved with that.
"We were chasing it in the second half and had a lot of the play, and some good periods of play. But we didn't pressure their goal enough for the amount of the ball we had in the final third."
L – 0-3 v Fulham (A) 14/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round Replay
L – 0-2 v Everton (A) 11/01/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Fulham (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
D – 1-1 v Crystal Palace (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Manchester United (H) 28/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Chelsea (H) 11/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Middlesbrough (A) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
L – 0-2 v Liverpool (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 6-0 v Fulham (H) 28/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 2-3 v Manchester United (H) 26/12/2013 – Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Fulham)…
Mark Bunn; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Javier Garrido; David Fox, Bradley Johnson, Robert Snodgrass; Nathan Redmond, Josh Murphy, Johan Elmander.
LAST HULL CITY XI (3-5-2 v Chelsea)…
Allan McGregor; Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies (c), James Chester; Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Maynor Figueroa; George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo.
REFEREE – Howard Webb…
One of the country’s premier referees, Howard Webb was recently rewarded with the opportunity to officiate at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
He of course took charge of the last Final between the Netherlands and Spain in 2010, but closer to home he has taken charge of a Premier League match 18 times this season.
That includes his last visit to Carrow Road at the end of August, when a Nathan Redmond strike secured three points for City against Southampton.
Most recently he was in action at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium for their 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
He has given out 77 yellow cards and one red card in his 25 assignments in all competitions this year.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Sunderland v Southampton (12.45)
Arsenal v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Manchester City v Cardiff City
NORWICH CITY v HULL CITY
West Ham United v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Aston Villa (17.30)
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 13.30)
Chelsea v Manchester United (Sunday, 16.00)
West Bromwich Albion v Everton (Monday, 20.00)