Hull v Swansea Betting Predictions | Draw or Away Win 6/1 with Bet365Published March 09, 2017
A matter of weeks ago, this clash at the KCOM Stadium looked like being a basement battle in the Premier League. Both Swansea and Hull looked dead and buried under previous managers but have been reinvigorated by Paul Clement and Marco Silva respectively.
Both came in around the turn of the year and have given their chances of survival a real boost. More so with Swansea, it must be said, who have won five of eight league games since Clement’s arrival, but Hull have won two of seven under Silva. The Welsh club are now out of the relegation zone, but cannot afford complacency, while Hull’s defeat against another refreshed relegation rival, Leicester City, last week has put their recent positivity into perspective.
Interestingly, Clement and Silva have made different impacts. In Silva’s case, he has made the Tigers much more organised, allowing them to stay in games and attack them later on. Too often under Mike Phelan would they be chasing a game and not giving themselves a good chance of getting a result after individual mistakes.
But Clement has made Swansea much more of a threat going forward. They scored three goals at Liverpool and last week at home to Burnley, while also taking the game to Chelsea by equalising at Stamford Bridge before eventually losing 3-1. Fernando Llorente scored in each of those games, and he and Gylfi Sigurdsson are making a real difference recently.
Fernando Llorente has now scored four braces in the Premier League this season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 4, 2017
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Hull will be well aware of their threat and will look to counter it. Similarly to Chelsea, the Tigers have a strong defensive midfield of Tom Huddlestone and Alfred N’Diaye, something the likes of Liverpool and Burnley lack. That pair will look to close the space for Sigurdsson to exploit from his starting position on the right hand side. Andrea Ranocchia will go head to head with Fernando Llorente in the air.
From there, Hull will look to Kamil Grosicki as an out ball down the right hand side and he will look to supply the striker, most likely Abel Hernandez, with the ammunition to hurt the visitors.
In each of the games since Silva has arrived, Hull have looked to contain early, luring the visitors into holding a high line and then hitting them on the counter attack. It is vital for Clement to recognise this and instil a sense of patience in his team and encouraging fullbacks Kyle Naughton and Martin Olsson to be more disciplined.
The game will open up in the second half and that is where Swansea’s superior confidence and offensive threat could come into play. Hull need the points here, so the visitors can pick them off late on.