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Match Preview: Hull City

Posted: Mon 01 Oct 2012
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The Seasiders head to the KC Stadium in search of their first away win since the opening day victory at Millwall, where a Thomas Ince double gave Ian Holloway’s side all three points.

This fixture last year kicked off the npower Championship season and it was Blackpool who came out on top on that occasion thanks to a Gary Taylor-Fletcher strike.

As for the hosts, they suffered defeat at home for the first time this season to Peterborough United, after three wins from three from home games prior to Saturday’s defeat.

Steve Bruce’s side are level on points with The Seasiders with exactly the same record of four wins, one draw and three defeats.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have met Hull 100 times on competitive occasions with The Seasiders winning 32, losing 40 and drawing 28.

Last League Meetings

2 March 2012 – Blackpool 1-1 Hull City

5 August 2011 – Hull City 0-1 Blackpool

Hull City

Jay Simpson is the top scorer for The Tigers in the league with four goals this season, the last coming in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Peterborough.

Steve Bruce took over in June of this year after Nick Barmby left the managerial post in May. 

City finished 8th last season, seven points adrift of the play-off positions and will be hoping for promotion this season after being relegated from the Premier League in 2010.

Stat Attack

- Both sides have lost their last two fixtures, after losing just once in the opening six games.

- Hull have only scored the opening goal in two of their eight league fixtures so far this season.

- Alex Baptiste and Matt Gilks are the only two Blackpool players to start every game this campaign.

- After conceding just four goals in the first six games, The Seasiders have shipped in six goals in the past two matches.

Referee

Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Mr. Mathieson has refereed nine games already this season handing out 22 yellow cards and two red cards.

He was in charge of this fixture last season too, while the last time he oversaw a game involving Blackpool was the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at Bloomfield Road in January.