Hull City v Everton Preview: Late fireworks expected at the KCOM Stadium
It all started so well for Hull City after their return to the Premier League but ultimately the Tigers look as if they are going to come up short in the top flight once more and they are 10/3 (4.33) outsiders on home soil to end on 2017 on a relative high with a win over Everton.
It’s been a tough hand to play for Mike Phelan, the former Manchester United man took over with little to no time to prepare for the new season after Steve Bruce’s departure and is working with a squad that is clearly one of the weakest in the division without much opportunity to strengthen.
The Toffees will no doubt be boosted by their 2-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day, a result that snapped a pretty poor away record of five defeats in their previous six Premier League away days prior to their visit to the King Power Stadium.
They’re at odds of 19/20 (1.95) to record another win on the road but there are certainly better options in the market than taking an odds-on quote about a team who have struggled regularly away from Goodison Park this term. The draw is a 9/4 (3.25) chance but in truth none of the match odds prices appeal particularly.
Given that Hull are the lowest scorers in the division with just 14 strikes in 18 matches, opposing goals could be a popular wager, the under 2.5 line is priced at just 4/6 (1.67) though. That is tough to back considering the hosts’ occasional collapse under pressure and Everton’s away day blues.
Instead, the best option is to look to a wager which paid out comfortably last time we backed it in a match involving Hull City, the second half to be the highest scoring of the match.
The Tigers showed stern resistance against Manchester City in their previous game with the home side keeping Pep Guardiola’s men at bay going into the half time interval. As is often the case though they were unable to continue that defensive showing and leaked three second half strikes as their backline tired out.
This bet is offered at 11/10 (2.10) and looks to have strong claims considering the stats of these two teams. Hull have scored just three times before half time in the Premier League this season, leaking 12 times, compare that with their second half tallies of 11 goals scored and a staggering 27 conceded.
That suggests the wager is worth adding to any potential shortlist but even more so when discovering Everton have scored 65.2% of their league goals after the break this term.
Hull could well come up short again here, they’re bottom of the form table (8 games), the actual table and 19th in goals conceded. However, the early resistance they’ve showed on several occasions, particularly at home, could mean that punters can profit from another late show, especially at tempting odds such as 11/10 (2.10).