Cardiff City are blown with the bad news that Chilean anchorman Gary Medel sustained an injury in their FA Cup loss to Wigan. Jordan Mutch is also carrying a knock, so Ole Gunnar Solksjaer should deploy Aron Gunnarson and also Dan Cowie, should Jordan Mutch be unavailable. The Bluebirds will need to grab some points in this clash before the fixture list toughens up, with Tottenham and Everton away looming.
Hull City (4-2-3-1): McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Jelavic, Long
James Chester will be welcomed back into the squad after a hamstring injury layoff, but will probably be on the bench until fully fit. The Tigers are just floating three points above the relegation zone and will need their new strikers – Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long – to start scoring soon if they want to keep their distance from the bottom. Steve Bruce’s men have only managed to score three goals in their last seven outings.
— Ryan Evans (@RyanccfcEvans) February 20, 2014
Cardiff City v Hull City will be a special day for football, two sets of fans coming together to battle against modern football — David John (@07DavidJohn07) February 20, 2014
cardiff city vs hull city such a big game a 6 pointer to say the least
— powsey (@krispowell28) February 19, 2014
Hull City won automatic promotion to the EPL last year in dramatic fashion against Cardiff City. Pure drama.
He didn’t have the best of games last time out against Aston Villa but if the Bluebirds are going to survive the drop, Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha will need to perform.
Cardiff City vs. Hull City: An Alternative Preview
Cardiff City have failed to score in 14 Barclays Premier League games this season; more often than any other team.
Hull City have lost just one of their last five league meetings with Cardiff City (W2 D2).
As a team, Hull City have made just 371 touches in the opposition box this season – fewer than any other side in the Premier League.
Cardiff City have scored the fewest (5) and have conceded the most goals (21) in the first half of Premier League matches this season.
The Bluebirds have conceded a higher number (18) and proportion (41%) of goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side.
However, Hull have netted only three goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season; fewer than any other side.
David Marshall is the only player to have made over 100 saves in the Premier League this season (104) – 17 more than any other ‘keeper.
Steve Bruce needs one more victory to reach 100 Premier League wins as a manager.
Former Hull City loanee Frazier Campbell is the only player to have scored more than once at the Cardiff City Stadium for the Bluebirds this season in the PL (4).
15 different players have scored for Hull City in the PL this term, but 14 of those have failed to score more than twice and their top scorer; Robbie Brady, only has three goals.