Hull City are back in action after a lengthy twelve-day break and they will be confident of extending their unbeaten run to three games when they entertain QPR at the KC Stadium.
The Tigers defeated fellow strugglers Aston Villa 2-0 last time out, this result coming at the best possible time for Bruce’s side and they have a chance to climb further away from the drop zone when they clash with a QPR side which has conceded more goals this season than any other Premier League side except Burnley.
Hull have struggled with numerous injuries this term and their victory over Aston Villa was only their third win in their last eighteen outings, therefore they need to improve their form somewhat and soon, should they wish to avoid relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.
Nevertheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of Nikica Jelavic and Mohammed Diame, both of who have returned to the fold, the former scoring upon his return. Steve Bruce’s side could therefore be forgiven for being quietly confident that three points can be secured on Saturday.
We share their optimism, but only to a degree. Ok, so QPR were deserved winners at Sunderland in their last match ten days ago, however prior to that they failed to register a win since mid-December and will struggle against a Hull side which seems to have turned the corner somewhat. Rangers do seem to be re-discovering the art of scoring, however they aren’t enjoying the same success at the back and as such, we think that we’ll be witnessing goals at both ends.
A single point isn’t a good result for either side, however we think that that is what both sides will have to accept. This match has all the makings of a low scoring draw.
Our betting tips
Match ending in draw – Betfred 12/5
Less than 2.5 Goals – BetVictor 8/13
All odds were correct at time of posting.