Hull City-Newcastle United: FA Cup Preview

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 2, 2009

The Toon Army travel to the KC stadium this Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup. It is the second meeting between the clubs this season. In their first meeting, Hull City beat the Magpies 2-1, in the Premier League fixture at St James' Park, with Marlon King scoring a brace.

The game was marred by an ugly and blatant foul by Danny Guthrie on Craig Fagan in the dying minutes of the tie, which left the Hull City forward with a broken leg. Fagan only just returned to action this week after nearly four months out.

Joe Kinnear's team come into the game with a long list of injuries—Habib Beye (ankle),  Claudio Cacapa and Joey Barton (knee), Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka (groin), Shola Ameobi (hamstring), Alan Smith (foot), and Ignacio Gonzalez (Achilles) are out.

Nicky Butt missed the defeat by Liverpool with a cramp, but both Jose Enrique (calf) have a chance of starting against Hull City after Kinnear cancelled training to prevent further injuries.

Phil Brown has said he will ring the changes to his Tigers side to allow fringe players a chance to shine. He has added the promising Nicky Featherstone to the squad along with Nathan Doyle, Stelios Giannakopoulos, George Boateng, Dean Windass and Dean Marney. However, Andy Dawson (Achilles), Anthony Gardner (thigh) and Caleb Folan (knee) all remain out.