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Fulham visit Hull ~ Ch. Match Preview MD03

last updated Wednesday 19th August 2015, 1:07 PM

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Two of the most expensive squads in the Championship go head to head on Wednesday night as Hull City welcome Fulham to the KC Stadium.

While newly-relegated Hull have started the season well, Fulham are without a league win and reeling after late heartbreak on Saturday.

But for two late goals, Fulham would, like Hull, be on four points after two games.

Kit Symons's men conceded a late equaliser against Cardiff City on the opening weekend and were then denied anything when league leaders Brighton scored a 94th-minute penalty at Craven Cottage last weekend.

Tom Cairney scored his first goal for his new club with a stunning effort to level the scores at the weekend, but Fulham came away with nothing after Sam Hutchinson's rash challenge on Kazenga LuaLua.

Star striker Ross McCormack is yet to get off the mark having played every minute of the Cottagers' opening three games, including the 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup last week.

Strike partner Matt Smith has looked more dangerous and in the first two matchdays has attempted more shots at goal (nine) than any other player in the league.

Both Hull and Wolverhampton Wanderers went into Sunday's game at Molineux with 100% starts to the season and both lost those records as a 1-1 draw was played out.

Hull led at the break thanks to Nikica Jelavic's penalty and might have left with the points had Allan McGregor not made a comical error to gift Wolves their equaliser.

It means that Hull are one of eight clubs on four points after two games, trailing early leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, the only side with two wins out of two, by a couple of points.

They also progressed on penalties against Accrington Stanley in the Capital One Cup first round, but Steve Bruce will want his side to create more chances in the league.

Only three teams created fewer chances in the first two games, while McGregor's blooper means that the Tigers have made more defensive errors than anyone else in the league (four).

Bruce's side beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in their opening game of the season at home and have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five matches at the KC Stadium.


  • The Tigers have won their last three games against Fulham at the KC Stadium, scoring 10 goals in the process. The last encounter was a thumping 6-0 win for Bruce's side in December 2013.

  • In fact, Fulham have won just one of their last six league matches against Hull, with the most recent meeting - a 2-2 draw - also laden with goals.

  • Hull City

  • Hull have kept a clean sheet in three of their past five games at the KC Stadium.

  • Hull have won 30%, drawn 25% and lost 45% of their last 20 home games.

  • In their last 20 home games, 76% of the 21 goals scored by Hull have come in open play, whilst 19% have come from set-pieces

  • Hull have conceded in 65% of their last 20 home games.

  • In their last 20 home games, Hull have scored the first goal 10 times and conceded the first goal 8 times.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham's Matt Smith has attempted more shots (excluding those blocked) from the opening two Championship games than any other player (nine).

  • Fulham have won 25%, drawn 30% and lost 45% of their last 20 away games.

  • In their last 20 away games, 73% of the 22 goals scored by Fulham have come in open play, whilst 23% have come from set-pieces.

  • Fulham have conceded in 80% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham last kept a clean sheet away from home 3 games ago.

Source Pascal Lemesre, at SportsMole/BBCSports/KickOff.
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