For a club that seems to be in a perpetual state of crisis Newcastle have an uncanny knack of racking up wins in front of the St James’ Park crowd and can put Hull to the sword with a HT/FT win at odds of 33/20.
The Geordies are 3/4 to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games, with Steve Bruce’s Tigers 4/1 for the victory and the draw priced up at 12/5.
Hull have done the business at the KC Stadium so far this term, with four points garnered from their first two games, but a poor away record has carried over from last season in the Championship.
Despite being promoted in second place Bruce’s boys lost more games and scored less goals on the road than any of the other sides that finished in the second tier’s top four.
Their 2-0 away losses to Chelsea and Man City were hardly disgraceful, but a trip up the A1 to face a clearly improving Toon team that were ahead at the end of both halves at Villa Park last time out could prove a similarly stiff test.
Alan Pardew’s side may have finished in the low reaches of 16th-place in the Premier League last season but their record of nine home wins was the best of the top flight’s bottom-half teams.
After a summer of disappointment in the transfer market Newcastle’s season promised so little, but their star-sprinkled side is starting to take shape again.
France international Yohan Cabaye’s return to the starting line-up after failing to force through a move to Arsenal coincided with the Magpies’ recent upturn in fortunes and his midfield colleague Cheick Tiote could be available from the start after shaking off an injury to come on as a substitute in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
With Hatem Ben Arfa back to the kind of attacking form that saw the former Marseille man contribute five goals from midfield in their 2011/12 league campaign, when Newcastle finished ahead of Chelsea in fifth, Pardew’s men can be hopeful of continuing their climb up the table.
Ben Arfa has found the net in consecutive matches for the first time in his two-year spell in the north east, with both goals breaking the deadlock in those games, but the form of striker Loic Remy suggests the loanee from QPR is close to a first goal for the club.
He is joint-favourite at 9/2 in the first goalscorer market and after laying on an assist against Fulham and linking up well with the midfield for Ben Arfa’s goal at Villa, Remy can open his Newcastle goalscoring account against Hull.