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  • on 05.08.2011
  • at 03:12 PM
  • by KT

Hull City v Blackpool Preview

After a long wait, the English football season finally gets underway tonight when Hull City host Blackpool at the KC Stadium.

Hull will be without striker Aaron McLean who is struggling with a calf injury whilst manager Nigel Pearson will be looking to include Jay Simpson, possibly on the bench, for this fixture. New signing Dele Adebola will probably start alongside Matty Fryatt up top for the Tigers who will also be without Paul McShane and Cameron Stewart, both of who are long-term absentees.

A number of new signings (including Peter Gulacsi, Jack Hobbs and Paul McKenna) took part in Hull’s final pre-season friendly against Chesterfield and they will all be hoping to make thier competitive debuts tonight.

Ian Holloway on the other hand will be forced to try a new lineup having lost a whole host of players in the summer, notably captain Charlie Adam, playmaker David Vaughan and more recently, top scorer DJ Campbell.

With that, Blackpool’s first team sheet of the season may well include Bojan Djordjic, Matthew Hill, Kevin Phillips, Barry Ferguson, Craig Sutherland, Miguel Llera and Tom Ince.

Ferguson arrived at Blackpool in a £750,000 move from Birmingham and was immediately chosen to replace Adam as club captain and he will be the player the manager looks to to lead the team in the same way that Adam did so well last season.

Don’t forget to also check out our Npower Championship review in which we highlight which teams will be loking for promotion, and indeed which will be looking to avoid relegation to League One.

Hull City Stats:

  • Hull City average goals per game at home was 1.74 (lowest in the league, closest was Swansea and Crystal Palace – 2.26)
  • Hull City were one of only 2 teams to score less than a goal per game at home, compard to league average of 1.53
  • Hull City picked up only 45% of their points at home (one of only 2 teams to pick up more points away from home)
  • Despite finishing 11th, they started slowly picked up only 4 points during August (averaged just a point per game until end of October).

Blackpool Stats:

  • Blackpool failed to score in just 8 (21%) of their games last season
  • Blackpool finished 10th in the ‘Away’ league table, averaging a point per game away from home
  • Departed players Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell scored 25 (45%) of their goals in the Premier League last season

Summary

All in all this looks a pretty low scoring affair on paper. Hull started the season very slowly last year, and even when they did hit form in the 2nd half of the season, they were far from prolific.

Meanwhile, despite Blackpool showing a lot of creativity and flair in their solitary Premier League campaign, they have lost their 3 main attacking players and may find goals hard to come by.

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