Hull v Cardiff

Cardiff's on-loan Hull midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is permitted to play against the Tigers, but is struggling to overcome a knee problem in time.

Jason Koumas is battling to recover from illness, while Craig Bellamy has shaken off a virus and can play.


Third-placed Cardiff have won four of their last seven matches and have lost only one of their last nine. Their current form is bettered by only two Championship sides: leaders QPR and Saturday's opponents Hull.

The Tigers are unbeaten in nine games and have lost only one of their last 18 - a run that has seen them move into the thick of the promotion race. They are eighth in the table, five points away from the play-off spots.

Only Swansea have conceded fewer Championship goals at home this season than Hull, who have let in a mere six at the KC Stadium. They have struggled to score there, however, managing only 14 goals. No second-tier side has scored fewer home goals.

But Cardiff are not great away. They have lost five of their last seven matches on the road, and although the Bluebirds have notched an unrivalled eight victories against current top-half clubs, only two of them have been away from home.



• Hull have won 18 of the 53 previous league encounters between these clubs - one more than Cardiff.

• A win for Cardiff would complete their first league 'double' over the Tigers for 13 years.


• Sixteen players have netted Championship goals for Hull this season. Only Barnsley have an equally long goalscorers list.

• Hull have scored 11 more league goals away than at home - the widest such disparity in the division.

• They are yet to lose a league game after scoring the first goal, and yet to win one after conceding the opener.


• This is Cardiff's 1,700th match in the second tier.

• The Bluebirds have opened the scoring in 20 Championship games this season - more than any other team.

• Jay Bothroyd could make his 100th league start for Cardiff, while Jon Parkin could feature against his former club.

Source: BBC Sport