Hull vs Middlesbrough Betting Predictions | Back a Draw 7/2 with SkybetPublished April 4, 2017
When looking at Marco Silva’s home record and the fact he has not lost a game in three years on his own patch, it is tough to see Middlesbrough taking the points here. But Steve Agnew has got something of a reaction from his players following the sacking of Aitor Karanka last month.
Boro have looked to attack and take more risks since the Spaniard, who was known for his defensive approach, departed. But goals and points are what they need. The Teessiders have won just four games all season, scoring just 20 goals, the lowest totals of each in the league. They seem to have been sleepwalking into danger despite defending well throughout the season, not getting three points since September.
Silva’s impact on Hull, particularly at the KCOM Stadium, has been phenomenal. But the Tigers still take time to get into games and looked pretty poor in the first half against West Ham on Saturday. Their passing was all over the place and they made it easy for the visitors. A similar showing will give Boro, one of the best defensive teams in the league, a great chance of containing the home side.
But in the second half, the introduction of Kamil Grosicki changed the game. Hull pushed on much more and looked to get in behind West Ham. The basis of Boro’s strong defence is actually their midfield pair of Adam Clayton and Marten De Roon, but their weakness lies in the wide areas, particularly on the right hand side.
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Adama Traore is effective on the counter attack because of his ability to run with the ball at pace, but he struggles defensively, while fullback Antonio Barragan has been caught napping many times this season. Getting Andy Robertson to join Grosicki up the field will mean Barragan is doubled up on, giving the home side and easy route in behind the defence, where they can get the ball into the two strikers, Abel Hernandez and Oumar Niasse.
Nerves will play a huge part in this game, but the battle between Alvaro Negredo and Andrea Ranocchia could be decisive. Both are exceedingly tall, but Negredo possesses superior strength, and Boro will look to get the ball into him as quickly as possible, especially to free up Traore who could find space in behind Robertson.
This game will be tight and probably decided by the odd goal. Hull finish games strongly, particularly at home, and we think that will be the difference here.