Year Formed

1904

Stadium

The KC Stadium

Capacity

25,586
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2012/13

The 2012/13 season saw the Tigers win 24 games and finish second on the Championship Table which saw them compete in the Premier League the following season. They did not necessarily go on any vast winning streaks, but got the job done when it mattered. Ultimately Hull finished second on the table in comprehensive fashion, earning them a place in the top flight of English Football months later.

 

How they fared last season

After being in the Premier League the season before, they just could not hold on. Back in the Championship in 2015/16, Hull City were lucky to earn promotion. Finishing fourth in the second tier, Hull got off to a flying start in the playoffs defeating Derby County 3-0 away, ironically falling 2-0 at home in the second leg, but still prevailed. A 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs final at Wembley guaranteed their return.

69
number of goals
scored last season
35
number of goals
conceded last season
1
red card
59
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Let’s face it, Hull City have almost nothing to lose and will be out to do a Leicester.

Only Burnley and Bradford scored more goals than them in the Championship last season (both hit home 72 to Hull’s 69), with Abel Hernandez leading a pack of multiple goal-scorers for the Tigers.

In the past, Hull have been giant-killers with victories over both Liverpool and Everton in 2014/15.

It might be clutching at straws, but until Steve Bruce walked out on them, Hull did at least have consistency and continuity on their side. Having the same boss in charge for the past four years would have been have been a key strength for a disadvantaged side.

Now, the most optimistic view can surely be only that a fresh face will bring fresh ideas and invigorate the side. But that is very hopeful if the current owners remain and continue to block investment.

 

Weaknesses

Hull City have struggled to make any genuine impact on the Premier League in their past seasons in the top flight.

Even when they have managed to avoid relegation, it has usually been by the skin of their teeth.

In terms of the squad, it’s hard to see many teams finishing below Hull.

Their campaign kicks off with a challenging run of games as they face defending title holders Leicester in Week 1, swiftly followed by glamour clubs Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea over the next eight weeks.

They largely relied on Uruguayan Abel Hernandez and his 20 goals last season, and a lack of versatility up front may cost them in games against stronger opposition.

 

Formation

Sole striker in Hernandez up front – with the support of the attacking Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Diame and Robert Snodgrass – was the main formation in a 4-2-3-1 structure.

 

Star Player

Abel Hernandez enjoyed a formidable season in the Championship, taking home the club’s Golden Boot award.

Not just the star player, but almost their key and most important player being indispensable to the Tigers.

As there was a sole reliance on him for the goals last season, Hull simply cannot afford to lose him otherwise they well be in strife.

Hernandez also took out the club’s Player of the Season award and the Players’ Player of the Season award in a glittering hat-trick of award wins.

The 25-year-old still remains in the national team squad for La Celeste and made two appearances at the Copa America, coming off the bench against Mexico and scoring in their 3-0 against Jamaica.

 
Manager

Just 21 days before the new season kick off, Hull manager Steve Bruce rocked KC Stadium by quitting the club. Frustrated in his bid to strengthen the side for the tough campaign ahead, he took the action of last resort and walked out on the side after four years at the helm.

Reportedly blocked by the club owners from signing three new players while they tried to sell the club, Bruce decided to quit, plunging the club into crisis.

With no new manager currently lined up to replace Bruce - and an obvious lack of commitment and investment by the current owners - it looks like a rocky start to what will be a long and troubled season for the Tigers.