Bellamy's Bluebirds will provide stern test for Tigers

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This Saturday sees the possibility of Anthony Gerrard and Seyi Olofinjana playing for their current clubs against the sides who have loaned them out.

In the case of Gerrard it would be a debut for Hull City against his parent club Cardiff City, whereas former Tiger Olofinjana has been at Cardiff for a few weeks. It’s understood that neither player has a clause preventing them playing in the game.

You have to wonder therefore if playing either of them is a risk. Both Nigel Pearson and Dave Jones will know both strong points and weaknesses of the player they have loaned and will no doubt be looking to exploit that knowledge.

It could though be just a mere sideshow to the home headline maker Craig Bellamy who is the man the Tigers have to stop if they are to get anything from the game.

Bellamy is likely to turn up on either flank, and therefore how Paul McShane and Andy Dawson fair may be critical for Hull.

City's last outing at Doncaster saw more defensive errors and three goals conceded, and it’s fair to say Cardiff have a greater strike threat than Doncaster at present.

The Tigers though can call on striker Craig Fagan for the first time this season, fit again after injury. Fagan's tenacity has been missing for City so far and a place on the right of midfield could be his. Only Caleb Folan and James Harper are unavailable for selection.

The last time City won at Cardiff was at Ninian Park in 2007 where a Dean Windass goal ensured Championship survival for City and sent down their bitter rivals Leeds United - much to the amusement of the home fans too that day.

For City to return home with a similar outcome would be progress indeed and to do so Nigel Pearson (back at the helm after a short spell in hospital ) will have to ensure City give nothing away and hope that either Mark Cullen or Jay Simpson can find their first league goals of the season.

I suspect it’s a task too hard for the Tigers at the moment but I would love them to prove me wrong and set themselves up for back-to-back home games with Derby and Nottingham Forest.

There is of course the possibility of Jimmy Bullard returning to the City squad now the transfer window has shut and Pearson must decide if and where he can accommodate City's record signing.

City hope to add Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala to the squad on loan soon with Kamil Zayatte looking set for a move to Leicester. Ayala is only 19 and one for the future at Anfield, if indeed he joins City he can hopefully continue his football education in the Tigers defence.

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