Having not won since November the odds compilers surely have it wrong on Saturday by installing Hull as 2.30 favourites to gain all three points despite home advantage plus lowly opposition and I’ll be taking them on.
Phil Brown’s men only succumbed late on at Old Trafford last time out, when Wayne Rooney grabbed all four in a Manchester United romp, but it was another hatful of goals conceded by the Tigers and their recent defensive record is shambolic. >
It’s now 16 goals conceded in six matches for Hull and it should have been even more. Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was superb when earning his side a point in a goalless draw at Tottenham earlier in the month but they were carved open time and again and Wolves have done alright on their travels on their return to the Premier League.
Mick McCarthy’s side have bagged eight points already away from home and while that might not sound like a decent return no other team in the bottom half can boast more. A surprise win at White Hart Lane came relatively quickly on the back of excellent draws at Stoke and Everton and they should be tough to beat against a side as poor as Hull.
It is impossible to get away from the fact that this is a massive relegation clash for the pair and the fear of losing such a vital contest also sways me towards laying the hosts. They would probably settle for a point, defeat on home soil would be disastrous for Hull, but will almost certainly have to cope once again without the influential Jimmy Bullard who remains injured.
Both sides in opposition on Saturday at the KC Stadium struggle for goals but Stephen Hunt, the ex-Reading midfielder, has proved a decent signing by Brown and he has five league goals to his name already this term. That’s hardly prolific, but no Hull player has more and Hunt could well prove the chief threat once again on Saturday.
It is expected to be anything but entertaining with so much at stake but you won’t get the opportunity to side against a team odds on for the drop at such prices for the remainder of the season and I suggest you take advantage. Wolves frustrated Liverpool on Tuesday night in a scoreless encounter at Molineux and a repeat score line wouldn’t be the biggest surprise.
2pts Lay Hull (vs. Wolves) @ 2.30 (Betfair)