One win and three defeats since the New Year isn't exactly a great statistic and it is little wonder therefore that the Tigers find themselves in the bottom three. Newcastle don't have any wins at all during that time however and they will struggle at the KC this weekend.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Newcastle United. A dreadful start to the season was followed by a period of improved form. Then Alan Pardew left and John Carver took over. Since then the side have failed to win in any competition with a solitary one point in three Premier League games.
Such form is far from impressive and given that the Magpies have only won a single point on the road since early November, we certainly won’t be backing them to get anything from this match.
The home side have been struggling this season, however they started the year with a welcome 2-0 win over Everton at the KC Stadium and manager Steve Bruce will be confident that his side can clinch their first win since New Year’s Day against a Newcastle United side who look set to slip further down the league table.
Many are questioning the wisdom of keeping caretaker manager Carver in charge until the close of the season at St James’ Park and the fans are getting restless. Another defeat at Hull on Saturday afternoon will be hard to accept, however that’s what we expect the outcome to be on this occasion.
The Magpies aren’t exactly goal shy, however their problem remains at the back and we can expect to see the visitors get their names onto the scoresheet. Ok so Hull haven’t been banging in the goals, however they will be facing the Premier League’s third leakiest defence and we feel that they will inflict upon Newcastle their fourth defeat of the year.
What we won’t be expecting are goals galore. We’ll be expecting both teams to get onto the scoresheet, however this tie will likely be settled by a single goal. As such, we’ll be backing a 2-1 win for the Tigers.
Our betting tips
Hull to win 2-1 – Bet365 11/1
Hull win with both teams scoring – Coral 11/2
All odds were correct at time of posting.