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City Tigers are building a respectable, stable squad rather than pushing the boat out with big, fancy signings.
Crystal Palace are projected by many to finish 20th place with Hull just behind them in 19th, but Steve Bruce has been more than studious in his signings and has a few aces up his sleeve.
He's built a young, hungry squad capable of playing not only in the regular 4-2-3-1-esque systems, but also the 3-5-2, and many Premier League managers won't know how to combat that.
Among the youngsters he's sprinkled a little experience, and Bruce will be relying on the likes of Allan McGregor, Danny Graham, Maynor Figueroa and Ahmed Elmohamady to carry them through the early stages.
Having been present at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, it's fair to say the Bluebirds were passed off the park by Athletic Bilbao despite (somehow) winning 2-1. Hull look in better shape, and they're not making big-money signings that simply apply more pressure and expectation to stay up.