Hull City’s Premier League clash against Middlesbrough at KCOM Stadium could prove to be crucial as both sides battle to preserve their place in the Premier League.
Marco Silva’s side battled from a goal down to claim a vital 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Humberside at the weekend and the Tigers, unbeaten in their last eight matches on home soil in all competitions, could take another significant step towards survival with a win against Steve Agnew’s charges.
Middlesbrough claimed a precious point from their clash against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon but are five points adrift of safety and the team from Teesside – with just one win in their last 14 Premier League matches – will be acutely aware of the importance of claiming a vital victory if they're to retain top-flight status.
The home side are chalked up as bet365’s 21/20 (2.05) favourites to take all three points from this clash, while Middlesbrough – who have failed to find the net in each of their last five top flight tussles away from home – are available at 13/5 (3.60) to buck the trend with a win in this one; bet365 go 23/10 (3.30) that the match remains all square at the end of 90 minutes.
The underdogs claimed a narrow 1-0 victory when these teams met at Riverside Stadium back in December and bet365 offer 17/2 (9.50) that the scoreline is repeated here, while the odds compilers offer 7/4 (2.75) that there are fewer than two goals scored in this game.
Hull, though, will be hoping that home advantage again proves pivotal when they line up against Agnew’s men; Silva’s side have picked up 22 of their 27 points at home, while Boro have come out on top in just one of their 14 away league matches this season.
The team from Teesside have been toothless throughout the campaign, scoring 20 goals in the Premier League this season – and just eight of those goals have come away from home. Hull can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 to keep a clean sheet in this match, while the odds compilers offer 9/4 (3.25) that the Tigers win without conceding.
The 21/20 (2.05) quote, however, for a home win offers decent enough value and, given their impressive form on their own patch, Silva’s side look like a solid selection ahead of Wednesday’s crucial clash at the KCOM Stadium.