Hull's solid defensive record at home, coupled with United missing Robin Van Perise, means the chmapions may struggle to break down the hosts early onFour wins in a row in all competitions have somewhat eased the pressure on Manchester United manager David Moyes, yet given how far off top spot they have already fallen, the champions know they can afford precious few slip ups.
Boxing Day sees them visit a Hull City side who have been strong at home this season, suffering
just one defeat in the eight league matches they have played this season at the KC Stadium.
Nevertheless, United remain firm favorites with William Hill pricing a victory for the Reds at 6/10 (1.60) while Hull are offered at 4/1 (5.00) to claim the three points. A draw is available at 13/5 (3.60).
United of course will be without Robin Van Persie who is out through injury and while they have not missed him too much so far, his absence could have a major influence on the game.
In general United have lacked an intensity to their play this season, particularly on the road and specifically in the first half of games.
At places like Cardiff and Sunderland they have struggled for rhythm and while they may well go on to beat Hull, opposing United in the opening half in some way could hold some value. To this end, backing the draw at half time at 23/20 (2.15) potentially is of considerable interest.
Hull have been defensively solid at home keeping six clean sheets in all competitions, and with United missing their top scorer, it might take the visitors a while to break down the hosts.
|Draw at half time at 23/20 (2.15) for a 2pt stake with William Hill
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