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Hull confounding grim preseason forecasts in Premier League

Hull started the season as the English Premier League's "crisis club," regarded by some as the worst-prepared team ever to begin a top-flight campaign.

No manager. Owners that want out. Only 13 fit senior players. Not a penny spent in the offseason. One of their best players sold to a lower-league club on the eve of the season.

With two wins from two games, including one over reigning champion Leicester, the side from the northeast of England is confounding the grim preseason predictions and is mixing with Premier League royalty atop the fledgling standings.

Hull sits alongside Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea on a maximum six points so far....