Crystal Palace v Hull Betting Predictions – Back a Draw at 23/10 with Coral
Following a nightmare weekend for both Crystal Palace and Hull, this clash has taken on even more significance than perhaps it would had, the Tigers at least, won their last game.
Palace were never expected to win at Manchester City, but losing 5-0 was extremely alarming and concerning. Hull were in the driving seat of their own destiny in the relegation battle until they suffered a home defeat to already relegated Sunderland on Saturday. Now Swansea are out of the bottom three and in control.
Four points separate Hull, Swansea and Palace with just two games left. Palace are all but safe, or they should be, while Hull can win both their games and still go down. Sam Allardyce had something of a defensive crisis at the Etihad and had to play a back three full of fullbacks. One bet that is definitely worth making is that he will do all he can not to lose because of the circumstances. But the lack of central defenders could open the door for Marco Silva’s visitors.
Hull 0-2 Sunderland FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 6, 2017
Pass accuracy: 81%-71%
Chances created: 12-9
A shock result. pic.twitter.com/n52fV6FqoS
Silva moved away from the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation and switched to 4-4-2 against Sunderland. As a result the team looked disjointed and without intensity, while the other system will not allow them to get outnumbered in midfield. Hull will most likely be forced to dictate the tempo of the game, with Palace looking to break through the pace of Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend. Starting Alfred N’Diaye and Tom Huddlestone in the middle, offering both protection and control, would be perhaps best suited.
But Christian Benteke’s form is also worth noting. His two goals in a recent win at Liverpool make him a good option to score first at 7/2. If you are backing Hull, Oumar Niasse is at 23/10 to score any time, and Abel Hernandez is 12/5, all with Betfair.
Crystal Palace have one of the worst home records in the Premier League, with Burnley getting their first away win at Selhurst Park. But Sam Allardyce needs a draw, and that is our Premier League betting tip here, via a Coral free bet.