Hull v Man Utd – KC Stadium at 15:00 live on Sky Sports 1
Steve Bruce will have to achieve something he hasn’t been able to do as a manager to stand a chance of staying up this weekend and record his first win over his former club. The Tigers head into the final day of the season 2 points behind Newcastle knowing a win may still not be enough to save them from the drop. If the Magpies can beat West Ham at St James’ Park, then its the Championship for Hull next season after just two seasons back in the Premier League.
With so many games this weekend without any real meaning, motivation could be lacking across the Premier League, but not this one, making it a great match for Asian Handicap punters to involved in.
Hull come into the match having suffered 3 losses on the bounce and were particularly poor in their 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley. They found more fight at White Harte lane last weekend creating a number of good chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net and lost the game 2-0.
Bruce will look to his sides 1-0 win over Liverpool prior to their 3 defeats for confidence and will have the belief they can do the same to Utd. They will look to soak up the pressure and attempt to nick a goal, probably from a set piece as a cautious approach is expected.
Another thing going Hull is that the Red Devil’s don’t really have anything to play for. They have already clinched a Champions League spot and unless Arsenal lose to West Brom and there is a 7 goal swing, Utd will finish in 4th and have to play a preliminary match for Europe’s premier competition.
Hopefully Louis Van Gaal will be at the KC Stadium, fully recovered from his midweek session. His aim for the season would have been a top 4 finish and he certainly seemed to celebrate at Utd’s end of season award ceremony.
Man Utd have only won 1 of their last 5 matches and I can’t see them playing at full throttle this Sunday, giving Hull a real chance. Personally I would like to see the Tigers stay up, what I really mean is I’d rather see Newcastle go down, but regardless of my opinion, the fact is Hull represent a bit of value on the Asian Handicap betting market with a 0.25 goal advantage at odds against.
There is also a case to be made for Under 2.5 goals at 2.04. The end of the season usually throws out some outrageous scorelines, think the Hawthorns two seasons ago, WBA against Utd, the match ending 5-5. This will not be one of those games though due to Hull not wanting to give anything away. Hull certainly won’t lack motivation and I expect a disciplined performance.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Hull +0.25 @ 2.02
Prices correct at time of writing.
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