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Fulham visit Hull -- PL. Match Preview

last updated Saturday 28th December 2013, 2:03 PM
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen
Fulham Head Coach
Rene Meulensteen
Rene Meulensteen
Meulensteen wants points The visit of Fulham to the KC Stadium will bring back many fantastic memories for Hull City supporters. Their Premier League debut was against the London club in August 2008 when they came from behind to pick up all the points.

That victory set the tone for an impressive start to life in the top flight, and incredibly the Tigers were third by the end of October.

However, a dramatic downturn in form saw them tumble down the table and they came perilously close to being relegated, surviving the drop by just one point.

Some fans might be concerned that a similar fate awaits this time as a solid start has given way to a run of poor results, with Steve Bruce's side managing just two wins since September.

Early joy on Boxing Day turned into bitter disappointment as they threw away a 2-0 lead over champions Manchester United to lose 3-2 and end the day just four points above the relegation zone.

It's Fulham who occupy that final relegation spot. But there's a new swagger about the team since Rene Meulensteen replaced Martin Jol as head coach.

They have rediscovered the winning habit, enjoying victories over Norwich and Aston Villa, and although they were thrashed at Everton, they pushed Spurs and Manchester City all the way before losing.

With fellow strugglers West Ham and Sunderland coming to Craven Cottage early in the New Year, there's a real opportunity for Fulham to climb away from trouble.

A first away win on Humberside since 1996 would be a huge step in the right direction.


  • Hull have won three of the four Premier League meetings between the sides.

  • Hull beat Fulham 2-1 in August 2008 in their first top-flight game.

  • Hull City

  • Hull are without a win in five league games (D3, L2).

  • They let in three goals against Manchester United on Boxing Day, having conceded just three in total in their previous eight home matches this season.

  • Nonetheless, no team has conceded fewer goals at home than Hull (six).

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have lost eight of their last 10 Premier League matches.

  • They have performed better away this season than at Craven Cottage, earning nine points from their nine away matches, as opposed to seven from nine home matches.

  • Rene Meulensteen's side have conceded 35 league goals, more than any other top-flight team.

Source Martin Fisher at BBCSports
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