A win is very much a necessity for Steve Bruce's Tigers when they host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon at the KC Stadium.
Hull are very much a shadow of the side which reached the FA Cup final earlier this year and they enter this match desperate for the victory which would lift them further from the relegation zone where they presently sit a mere one place above.
The Tigers are above the drop zone purely on goal difference following a truly awful run during November during which they lost four matches in succession. They ended that miserable run with a draw away to Everton and as a result, Steve Bruce is confident that his side can improve on that performance with a win against the Baggies on Saturday.
This clash at the KC Stadium give the home side the perfect chance to stop the rot for now, West Brom also struggling in the top flight recently with a four match losing run. Nevertheless, Chelsea and Arsenal were amongst the sides which defeated the Baggies and Hull City will present them with a much less daunting prospect.
Nevertheless, confidence in the visitors’ camp will be extremely low as a result, especially with all the uncertainty surrounding manager Alan Irvine.
Hull start this match as slight outsiders at 29/20 with Boylesports, a draw up for grabs at 12/5 with the same firm and a West Brom win 11/5 at Betfred. Despite being favourites, we have little confidence in the hosts claiming maximum points in this match. They should come out on top and their display against the Toffees in their midweek clash showed plenty of promise, however their dreadful form makes them undeniably difficult to back as yet.
That isn’t to say that we are short of betting options. We’re looking closely at both teams to score, Betfair offering 19/20 for such an outcome. Hull have been somewhat poor as regards finding the back of the net, therefore this match against a struggling Baggies side gives them the perfect opportunity to remedy the situation. West Brom have managed a mere one clean sheet in eight matches so Hull can get themselves onto the scoresheet here. The Tigers have similarly been suspect in defence so at least one goal each doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect.
Our betting tips
Both teams to score – Betfair 19/20