St. James’ Park plays host to Steve Bruce’s Hull City this Saturday at 3pm, with Newcastle looking to climb from the foot of the table. Hull have five points from their first four games and fell to their only defeat at the hands of unbeaten Aston Villa. Both sides will see this as a winnable game and an interesting battle is set to ensue.

One of Newcastle’s standout players this season has been Remy Cabella. The attacking midfielder has shown plenty of guile and speed, but a statistic that may come as surprising is one relating to his defensive input. Cabella has completed fourteen successful tackles so far in his debut Premier League season, more than any of his teammates, and also the only Newcastle player to be in double figures for tackles.

Jack Colback, signed from rivals Sunderland, has made the third greatest amount of successful crosses in the Premier League, with five, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Should he continue this form, it should only be a matter of time before these crosses are converted in to goals.

Moussa Sissoko has registered the fastest sprint speed of any Newcastle player, clocking in at 34.8km/h according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. This puts Sissoko only 0.4km/h behind the fastest sprinter in the Premier League this season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Hull midfielder Jake Livermore has covered 47.22km so far this season, the ninth highest total of any Premier League player, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. His closest challenger within the Hull squad is Nikola Jelavic who has covered 43.59km over the first four Premier League games.

Defender Curtis Davies has made the second most clearances of any Premier League player, with 45, trailing the leader Ashley Williams by three, as shown by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Davies’ strong defensive work will be greatly appreciated by Steve Bruce and he will be hoping he can continue his form in to the game against Newcastle this weekend.

Hull City also have two other players in the top 20 for clearances, with defenders Paul McShane and Michael Dawson completing 29 and 30 respectively, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. This Hull defence may well be kept busy again this weekend and these tallies could all be boosted substantially.