Betting Special: Signing a striker is key to Hull's survival hopes

Steve Bruce's side have a solid defensive record and our tipster believes that the Tigers can beat the drop if they can acquire attacking reinforcements in time
After a three-year absence from the Premier League, Hull City secured their promotion back into England’s top flight by bagging a draw against champions Cardiff City on the final day of the season.

As the celebrations begin to abate slightly, the focus now for the Tigers will be on ensuring that their stay in the top tier is a lengthy one.

The odds compilers remain unconvinced, though, that Steve Bruce’s men are ready for their return to the Premier League with Coral offering 5/6 (1.83) that Hull are relegated straight back down to the Championship at the end of next season.

Hull finished 19th in the Premier League table in season 2009-10 with only Portsmouth finishing below the Tigers during that campaign and Coral go just 7/2 (4.50) that Steve Bruce’s side finish bottom of the pile next term.

Hull City Premier League specials

Odds from Coral
To be relegated 5/6
To avoid relegation 10/11
Top 10 finish 20/1
Top four finish 500/1
If Hull are to survive in the top flight, they are going to have to become more proficient in front of goal.

Incredibly, Steve Bruce’s men scored just 61 goals in 46 league matches in the Championship last season - fewer than any other club in the top half of the division.

Hull backers, though, will rightly point to the fact that only three of the top 12 - Cardiff City, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion - conceded fewer goals than the Tigers during the Championship campaign and Steve Bruce will hope that defensive discipline can be the key to Hull’s survival.

Beating the drop is surely the limit of expectations at KC Stadium next term with the Tigers chalked up at a tempting 10/11 (1.91) with Coral to avoid relegation.

Coral rate Hull as a 20/1 (21.0) chance to secure a finish in the top half of the Premier League while the same firm offer 500/1 (501.0) that Steve Bruce’s men secure Champions League qualification in their debut season.

Those ambitions, of course, are beyond the wildest dreams of even the most ardent Hull fan.

Survival, though, is within reach should Steve Bruce bring in a proven goalscorer over the summer and the 10/11 (1.91) quote for the Tigers to retain their Premier League status is the recommended play here.

Hull City to avoid relegation at 10/11 (1.91) with Coral

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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