Hull City v Man Utd Betting Predictions | Premier League BettingPublished January 31, 2017
Hull City are struggling at the sharp end of the relegation battle in the Premier League this season and their fortunes are unlikely to change at Manchester United on Tuesday. We are backing a home win, but with under 2.5 goals at 9/4 with Betfair.
Since Marco Silva’s arrival at the KCOM Stadium, replacing Mike Phelan earlier this month, the Tigers have seen an upturn in fortunes, which has meant a quick return to the Championship is no longer a formality. The Portuguese coach has instilled new-found confidence within the Hull squad, despite the sales of Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass in the past couple of weeks to West Brom and West Ham respectively.
Silva and Jose Mourinho, two fellow countrymen and close friends, will know all about each other’s teams having met across two legs in the EFL Cup semi final. The Red Devils progressed 3-2 on aggregate, but Hull frustrated them at Old Trafford, only to lose 2-0, before beating them 2-1 at home last week.
It has been a common theme during Mourinho’s reign, and his career overall, to win games by any means necessary. Despite a plethora of talent at his disposal, the United boss has overseen good results, but less than convincing displays. That loss at Hull was their first since November, but they have only scored three or more in the league three times in that time, drawing their last two 1-1 to Stoke City and Liverpool.
The weekend’s FA Cup results, which saw United thrash Wigan 4-0 and Hull lost 4-1 at Fulham, were an anomaly somewhat. Mourinho admitted his side were lucky be 1-0 up at half time, and it wasn’t until late when the game opened up.
Hull will battle for every ball as they have done since Silva’s arrival, and a number of players were rested at the weekend and should return. Oumar Niasse, who scored against United in the EFL Cup win, was on the bench but should return to lead the line.
Silva is yet to make a consistent stamp on his new team from a tactical standpoint, but despite Snodgrass’ departure, Hull will not be short of a creative threat after signing winger Lazar Markovic on loan from Liverpool. United’s lack of attacking freedom could encourage Hull to attack, but it is crucial they concentrate until late in the game, with late goals becoming a regular occurrence recently. Games against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Stoke and Liverpool prove this.
More signings could yet come through the Hull door before the game, so it is tough to predict how their side will look. It is certain they will work hard in defence, organised by battlers Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson, while Sam Clucas is full of energy in midfield. United are used to being frustrated in front of goal and this game will be no different.
An early goal will change everything, but patience will be huge for the hosts. It may take time to break down Hull’s low block, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 14 league goals to his name this term and he may eventually prove the difference.