By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Hull City on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a stoppage-time win over Aston Villa six days ago, while Hull safely navigated a path into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a replay victory over Brighton on Monday night.
When these sides met earlier in the season, Loic Remy bagged his first United goals but it proved to be in vain as the Tigers scored three times to secure maximum points.
Saturday's game is the 20th match between the two clubs, and the 12th in the league. Newcastle have failed to beat the Tigers in any of their five league and cup meetings since the 2008/09 season.
Newcastle's allocation of 2,500 tickets for this match have sold out.
21st September, 2013 - Newcastle United 2 (Remy 2) Hull City 3 (Brady, Elmohamady, Aluko)
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Cheick Tiote 86), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye (Yoan Gouffran 62); Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse (Sylvain Marveaux 73), Loic Remy
Hull (4-4-2): Allan McGregor; Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies, James Chester Liam Rosenior; Stephen Quinn (George Boyd 64), Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Robbie Brady (David Meyler 74); Danny Graham (Yannick Sagbo 84), Sone Aluko
FULL RECORD v HULL
P19 W10 D4 L5 F40 A22
(Last six games - all competitions)
Hull City - WWDLWD
Newcastle - WLLLDW
Hull City (v Brighton, FA Cup): Steve Harper; Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa; Robert Koren, Jake Livermore, David Meyler (Stephen Quinn 84), Yannick Sagbo; Sone Aluko (George Boyd 76), Matt Fryatt
Not used: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, Tom Huddlestone
Newcastle (v Aston Villa, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Dan Gosling 89), Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse (Luuk de Jong 72), Loic Remy
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Hull City - Robbie Brady (4)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (12)
Hull City - Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce and Tom Huddlestone should all shake off knocks which kept them out of the Tigers' FA Cup fifth round replay victory over Brighton on Monday. Defender Paul McShane is set to undergo surgery on ankle ligament damage on Monday, while boss Steve Bruce is waiting on a specialist's report over Robbie Brady's groin injury.
Newcastle - Hatem Ben Arfa, Davide Santon and Gabriel Obertan are all expected to be ruled out of United's trip to the KC Stadium through injury, joining long-term knee injury victim Ryan Taylor on the treatment table. That aside, manager Alan Pardew has a full squad to select from.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Steve Bruce, Hull City manager: "If you get ten wins that is always enough, for me, to keep you safe. That was always the aim. We have won eight, we have come to March, we have ten or 11 games to go, and our aim now is to sustain it and stay there. Our home form was going to be crucial, which every club needs if they are going to avoid relegation. And if we can sustain our home form, we could have a very good end to the season. That is the aim."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I'd have to say that up until this point Steve Bruce is the Manager of the Year. He has another ten games to see if he can get them over the line, but if you look at what he did last year to get them promoted and then factor in getting them to the position that they are in now, that's a fantastic achievement. Steve and his staff can be very pleased with what they've done."
Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2013/14 record - 22 games, 68 yellow cards, one red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Billy Askew, Abdoulaye Faye, Steve Harper, Jack Hill, Billy Whitehurst
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DID YOU KNOW?
Hull are the only current top flight team United have never beaten in the Premier League.