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Predicted Newcastle United LineUp vs Hull

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Match Preview Newcastle v Hull
Saturday 1 March 3pm

Newcastle sold their best player in the transfer window and didn’t replace him, the result being three consecutive defeats before a barely deserved win against a poor Villa side.

In contrast Hull have reaped the benefits of the January window, new signing Jelavic is already top scorer with five goals since his arrival in January, while fellow new signing, the hard working Shane Long, also has a couple since he moved from West Brom.

Since the window closed, Hull have picked up two wins and a draw in the league from four matches, currently standing eleventh on thirty points and looking up rather than down. There is also the small point of only Sunderland standing in the way of a Wembley semi-final appearance.

Ex-Newcastle favourite Steve Harper was in nets for the Brighton match that took City into the FA Cup quarter-finals, though whether we’ll see him in action on Saturday is unknown.

Mrs Doubtfire has a significant number of other ex-mackems to keep him company, with El Mohamady, Meyler and McShane all first team squad members.

Newcastle ‘diehard’ Bruce also has his son on the books at Hull, but both Alex Bruce and Tom Huddlestone are doubts for this game.

The home defeat was a shocker in the reverse fixture, Newcastle twice having the benefit of going ahead but seemingly looking as though they expected a comfortable win without the effort after each of Remy’s two strikes, ending up with Hull running out deserved 3-2 winners at St.James’ Park.

The key player in that game was Tom Huddlestone who was given the freedom of St.James’ Park to pass Newcastle into submission. Tiote was only a late sub that day and so long as there is no negative reaction to his efforts against Villa last Sunday, Huddlestone won’t be giving that sort of freedom if he does indeed pass fit to face Newcastle.

Hull made an ambitious double strike in the summer when they recruited both Huddlestone and Livermore from Spurs to run the show in the centre of midfield and now with added quality of Long and Jelavic to hit in front of them, they have four players of definite Premiership class.

Alan Pardew yesterday said Steve Bruce was his Premier League manager of the year so far and did his usual pre-match trick of talking up the opposition in advance. The Newcastle boss pointing out only four home league defeats and ten goals conceded for Hull.

Not an easy game but we’ll find out a lot more about how the rest of the season is likely to look based on this performance, rather than the dire Villa match.

With Tiote, Remy and Coloccini all now up to speed again, a full strength Newcastle team will need to show what it’s made of if fans are going to be able to look forward to the next couple of months. Yes Pardew has stated Santon and Ben Arfa are injured, exactly how badly they are ‘injured’ may be dubious to some but whatever the truth of that, I don’t think either would make Saturday’s lineup regardless.

I expect Alan Pardew to do his usual and not change a winning team, though to be honest the options aren’t exactly plentiful. No doubt many fans would  choose De Jong to start ahead of Cisse but I think the Senegal striker is just about certain to start. Pardew has been talking up Cisse in the last few days and surely with a striker crisis on the cards in the summer, it must be the intention to give Cisse a run of goals to see if he can save his Newcastle career AND save a substantial investment in the transfer market.

What this slightly tougher looking match does give us is some tempting betting opportunities and the 7/1 Remy first goal is surely a great price as he showed he hasn’t lost his touch in front of goal against Villa, likewise another week will have really brought Coloccini on and the 14/1 to be highest rated player is another stand out – I tipped him last week at 20/1 and ironically he only lost out on getting top rating when Remy edged past him with the last gasp winner.

The spine of the team is back and if the team shows the backbone is there then we can give Mrs Doubtfire something to think about.

Betting – NUFC Win and Both Teams Score 6/1 – Remy First Goal 7/1 – Coloccini Highest Rated Player 14/1

To view all Hull v Newcastle betting click HERE (Prices can fluctuate up and down)

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