Hull City play host to Championship leaders Newcastle United in what promises to be a fascinating EFL Cup quarter-final clash on Tuesday night.
The Tigers have been beaten in just one of their last eight matches in this competition and Mike Phelan’s men will fancy their chances of securing a spot in the semi-finals at the expense of the Magpies.
Despite their Premier League status, Hull are considered as underdogs by the odds compilers with Betway offering 21/10 (3.10) that the hosts win inside 90 minutes, while the same firm go 11/10 (2.10) that the Tigers reach the last four of the competition for the first time in their history.
After a sticky start to the season, Rafa Benitez’s side have been in fantastic form, charging to the top of the Championship table but the team from Tyneside suffered a rare setback on Saturday when they were beaten by Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park.
As such, Newcastle will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they visit KCOM Stadium and the visitors are chalked up as Betway’s 6/5 (2.20) favourites to come out on top in this tie, while the same firm offer just 8/11 (1.72) that the Championship club take their place in the final four of this competition for the first time in 40 years.
The last four meetings between these two teams have produced no fewer than 17 goals – an average of more than four goals per game – and, with that in mind, punters may well be tempted to take a chance on Betway’s 10/11 (1.91) quote for more than two goals to be scored here, especially given that the selection would have landed in each of Hull’s last four fixtures in this competition.
Neither side, though, has ever lifted this trophy and, with a semi-final place at stake, the nerves are sure to be jangling; as such, punters are advised to anticipate a tight tussle when these teams lock horns.
Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in each of their three EFL Cup ties this season, while the Magpies have conceded just one goal in their last four fixtures on the road in all competitions; furthermore, the team from Tyneside have failed to find the net in each of their last five League Cup quarter-final appearances - as such, Betway's 4/5 (1.80) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored looks to represent superb value for punters.
The selection would have paid dividends in eight of the last 10 competitive fixtures that the Magpies have faced on their travels, while Hull have scored more than once in just one of their last 10 League Cup ties on home soil; as such the 4/5 (1.80) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored at KCOM Stadium is the recommended play for punters ahead of this crucial Cup clash.
|Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with Betway|