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Hull City

Player News - Hull City

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Steve Harper could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines if a scan next week confirms the former Newcastle United goalkeeper suffered a bicep rupture at the Emirates.

The aging stopper was in sparkling form on Saturday - belying his advancing years - with a string of top class saves to keep Hull in the game as Arsenal pushed hard to end the match as a contest during the first half. However moments before the 45 minutes played out Harper landed awkwardly as he scrambled down to make a save and immediately called to the sidelines for medical assistance. Harper – deputising for the injured Allan McGregor [shoulder] – could now face a number of months out if a grade three tear is confirmed meaning Steve Bruce may recall fourth choice goalkeeper Mark Oxley from his current loan spell at Hibernian.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 8:28 PM

Steve Bruce was left scratching his head in frustration after an injury time goal once again cost his Hull side three points in game week eight.

Having lost striker Nikica Jelavic to a knee injury during the pre-match warm-up Steve Bruce could’ve been forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t going to be his day – especially after Sanchez burst through to open the scoring on 13 minutes. However The Tigers quickly settled and although Mo Diame scored a controversial equaliser there was no denying the finish by Abel Hernandez moments after half-time to put Hull firmly in control. Michael Dawson was immense throughout but it was the loss of the defender to an ankle problem which helped Wenger grab a late point. The big centre-back had marshalled his troops well but his withdrawal coincided with an Arsenal onslaught culminating in a Welbeck goal a minute into added on time.
Oct 18 - 7:54 PM

Mohamed Diame continued his red hot form with his fourth goal in five Hull City matches but Hull City gave away another late lead to settle for a draw.

Two of the major story lines of the season thus far for Hull City have been the performance of their new signings and their propensity to give away leads late. Late August arrivals Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez both scored to continue the positive trend but Hull City saw Danny Welbeck peg back their lead in stoppage time with a nicely taken left footed goal from an Alexis Sanchez run. Hull City lost Nikica Jelavic to an injury in warm-ups and Steve Harper to a shoulder ligament issue in the 43rd minute.
Oct 18 - 1:29 PM

Mohamed Diame played on Wednesday and then traveled back to England from Tunisia leaving his availability for Saturday at the Emirates up in the air.

Diame owners in salary cap leagues where there is unlikely to be an update on Diame's starting status before transfer deadlines should play it safe and sit/sell the midfielder despite his recent goal streak. Owners who have him in a unique ownership format or who are allowed greater flexibility to change line-ups closer to kickoff should have a substitute available in the event that Diame is rested.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Oct 17 - 12:46 PM

Nikica Jelavic is in fantastic scoring form for Hull City this season with Week 7 seeing him score his fourth goal in seven league matches.

The Croatian hit man has played all but 10 minutes of the Premier League season for Steve Bruce and it is easy to see why. Despite the volume of new attacking arrivals at the KC Stadium, Jelavic has kept his place by scoring goals and doing so fairly efficiently. You'd like to see more than 6 of his 17 shots hit the target but his ability to turn six shots on target into four goals helps make up for the inaccuracy. In formats that prioritize goals over other contributions, Jelavic has been one of the better forwards in the league. In formats that put a greater value on secondary actions (SOTs, corners won, successful crosses, etc.) Jelavic is an OK option but he becomes a poor play when he doesn't score.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 8 - 3:13 PM

Curtis Davies showed well in Hull City's 2-0 Week 7 win over Crystal Palace evoking memories of his exceptional year last year.

Curtis Davies has been good so far this season both in real life and for his fantasy managers but he hasn't been quite as good as he was last season until this past week. Part of the issue has been Hull City's overall tendency to give up goals late and part of it has been a lower volume of tackles and interceptions from the player himself. Week 7 saw Davies return to his commanding best as HCFC finally rewarded supporters with a clean sheet victory.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 8 - 3:01 PM

Andrew Robertson was among the top overall scorers in most scoring systems in Week 7 with an assist, clean sheet and a wide variety of phantom points.

The Scottish left back has made quite an impression on the Premier League since his summer arrival from Dundee United. His results thus far have been solid but Week 7 was a coming out party with Robertson contributing all over the pitch. It doesn't get much more complete than an assist, two successful crosses, a corner won, a blocked shot, four interceptions, and four tackles won all without committing a foul on the way to a clean sheet. Production at this level isn't likely to be sustainable for any defender but knowing that there will be the occasional weeks like this to go with general solidity makes Robertson a worthy pick-up in unique ownership leagues as well as a spot starter in salary cap leagues where his price hasn't gone too crazy.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 8 - 2:56 PM

The Mohamed Diame revolution at Hull City continues as the midfielder scored his third goal in four matches to power Steve Bruce's men to a 2-0 over Crystal Palace.

Mohamed Diame has never scored more than 4 goals in a Premier League season but he is now on the verge of matching that total after only four matches at Hull City. Fellow reclamation project Nikica Jelavic was also on target again as Hull City cruised past Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium. Diame's second half goal came on a header after the ball had deflected out to the wing. Jelavic sealed the win late breaking the offside trap and beating both the last defender and Julian Speroni with a classy finish.
Oct 4 - 12:08 PM

Allan McGregor is expected to miss the next six weeks with a shoulder injury, Steve Harper will deputize into mid-November.

Hull City have seen Allan McGregor make some spectacular saves and let in some that he probably should have saved. On balance, he has been OK but not great by any stretch of the imagination. With Hull City guilty of giving up points in the second halves of their last three matches it's worth seeing if Harper can help stem the tide. If not, McGregor will be back before too long and Steve Bruce can continue the search for what is going wrong toward the end of matches.
Oct 3 - 2:59 PM

Mohamed Diame gave us a better sense of how he is likely to perform for fantasy managers during weeks when he doesn't score a goal.

Diame, scorer of a goal in each of his first two Hull City starts, failed to get on the score sheet in HCFC's Week 6 loss to Manchester City and it showed in his fantasy performance. Granted, the Tigers were outclassed by City but it is worth noting the lack of non-goal-related contributions from Diame in a loss. The hallmark of a strong contributor is that he finds a way to make things happen even when he scores and it has been Diame's history that he doesn't do so.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:28 PM

Curtis Davies hasn't lived up to his performances from last season yet but Week 6 saw him at least start to approach those levels despite the 4-2 loss to Manchester City.

Curtis Davies was an absolute stud last season. Despite his team not notching an exceptional number of clean sheets he won enough tackles, blocked enough shots and intercepted enough passes to make himself one of the better fantasy defenders available in leagues that give credit for those sorts of things. He started the season significantly off of that pace but picked it up against Manchester City with two blocked shots, five passes intercepted and three tackles won. In leagues that take points away from defenders for goals scored against, he probably didn't have a great week but it was good to see him producing defending stats like he did last season.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:02 PM

Abel Hernandez was back among the goals in Week 6 propelling him to a solid fantasy week in just about any format.

Hernandez has been up and down for sure with a strong debut effort against West Ham followed by a down match against Newcastle. He rebounded this week with a strong outing against Manchester City despite Hull City only scoring one goal on their own (the other was an Eliaquim Mangala own goal). In addition to the goal he was credited with two shots on target and two fouls won with a pass intercepted thrown in for good measure. Hernandez is still fairly dependent on scoring to get his fantasy points but the evidence so far indicates that he'll do that reasonably often which makes him a solid starter in unique ownership formats and a potential spot starter for the right price in salary cap leagues.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 1:57 PM

Hull City continued their frustrating form by conceding four goals to the defending champions at home.

Hull City have consistently allowed second half goals to squander points. This time around they managed to draw even after going down 2-0. From that spot they conceded two goals and it could have been more as the Tigers appeared to tire as they allowed City to attack relentlessly. Abel Hernandez did continue to prove his worth by drawing and converting a penalty for City's second.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM

David Meyler sustained a back injury in mid-week against West Brom in League Cup action and may or may not make it back in time for Hull City's Week 6 match with Manchester City.

It is likely that Meyler would have dropped back to the bench for Hull City's match-up with the defending league champions as his start against the Baggies came at the expense of rested central midfielders Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone. It is only worth noting because it likely means that neither of those players is as likely to get a late match substitution because Meyler may not be available.
Sep 26 - 11:37 AM

Robbie Brady assisted on a Tom Ince goal and then scored one of his own but it wasn't enough as Hull City let a second half lead slip away for the third match in a row.

First it was West Ham United coming back from two one goal deficits to gain a 2-2 draw with Hull City. Then it was dire Newcastle coming back from two down in the second half for a 2-2 draw this past weekend. Now Steve Bruce has to be genuinely worried as his side have let a third second half lead in a row slip away to modest opposition. This time the result was a 3-2 loss and elimination from the Capital One Cup. Not a good trend for a team that was dangerously close to the drop last season despite their FA Cup final appearance and some famous results.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 24 - 7:24 PM



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