Manchester United’s 2-0 aggregate lead over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-finals means that Jose Mourinho’s side seem destined to line up against Southampton at Wembley to compete for the first real domestic silverware of the season.
The bookmakers believe the tie is all but over as a contest, with Paddy Power going 1/66 (1.02) that United qualify. The visitors are also 1/2 (1.50) to record back-to-back cup wins over the Tigers when they visit the KCOM Stadium.
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Marco Silva has clearly had an effect on the hosts, with the performances showing plenty of promising signs since the arrival of the Portuguese boss. It may not be enough to ensure Premier League survival, but they have looked brighter of late. Even the most optimistic home fans would struggle to dream about overturning their 2-0 deficit here though, it’s 11/2 (6.50) that we see a home win on Thursday night. The draw is 16/5 (4.20) with Paddy Power.
After seeing Mourinho’s men toil against Stoke City at the weekend, few punters will be rushing to back the red-hot favourites at such a short price, especially as they don’t need to win in order to qualify. Instead, there could be an alternative angle that could provide plentiful returns.
Hull’s plight has been made significantly more difficult by their growing injury crisis with Ryan Mason the latest player to be sidelined after his clash of heads with Gary Cahill. On top of several more injuries, Robert Snodgrass looks set to sit out this game due to his ongoing transfer situation.
What the hosts have often managed to do though, is keep things tight early on, especially against the elite Premier League sides. Consider that Hull have conceded just six first half goals in their seven league games against top six teams this term, but 16 after the interval.
In five of those seven games, the second half has seen the most goals and on three occasions it was 0-0 at the break. The same situation as played out in the first meeting between these sides at Old Trafford in the first leg.
Given Hull’s tendency to hold out for the first 45 minutes before succumbing to late strikes and looking more aggressive themselves, backing the second half to contain the most goals at an industry best 11/10 (2.10) looks a solid selection with Paddy Power.
|Highest scoring half: Second at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|