Crystal Palace v Hull City Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 10, 2017
Sunday May 14 – Selhurst Park – Premier League
Hull City have lost their advantage in the relegation scrap and must beat Crystal Palace to keep pace with Swansea City, who are pulling away. Sam Allardyce’s side are looking to bounce back from last week’s trouncing to Manchester City, but as they are already safe it won’t cause many concerns.
Their first match-up this season was a thrilling 3-3 draw, which was impressive considering they had just earned promotion. The sides also met in the 2014/15 Premier League season with Hull winning both games 2-0.
Sam Allardyce has a mini injury crisis on his hands as Connor Wickham, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, Papa Souare, James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye are all ruled out. The Eagles 4-4-2 system has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, so the former England coach could experiment.
Hull also have a few players out and will be missing Omar Elabdellaoui, Moses Odubajo, Lazar Markovic, Ryan Mason, Will Keane and David Meyler. Marco Silva is yet to stick to a tactical plan, but a high pressing 4-2-3-1 seems most likely.
Crystal Palace vs Hull City Preview and Predictions
The home side have been underwhelming in recent weeks and were eviscerated by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last week, so it is a surprise to see them as favourites. Big Sam’s side are at evens to win Sunday’s encounter, but this should be avoided as a desperate Hull City arrive in slightly better form, and with much greater motivation. The Tigers are 3/1 outsiders, which is generous considering their likely victory.
Marco Silva’s 48 home game unbeaten run came to an end against Sunderland last week, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, expect the Portuguese coach to go all out for the win. The former Olympiakos coach has done a great job since taking over from Mike Phelan, and although it is likely he will resign or lose his job should Hull be relegated, he will not be short of offers from the Premier League.
Christian Benteke remains the highest scorer of matchwinners for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool despite joining Palace nine months ago, and is the favourite to open the scoring at 3/1. The Belgium international has been in inspired form this season and seems most likely to do so, but don’t discount Wilfried Zaha at 7/1.
Hull to win 2-0 at 21/1
It’s massive odds but that means there’s a chance of massive profit. Desperate times calls for desperate measures, and as Hull will go all-out attack, the Sakho-less Palace backline won’t be able to stem the tide.
Abel Hernandez to score anytime at 11/4
The Uruguayan has failed to replicate last season’s form, but Mike Phelan’s negative tactics was holding him back for three quarters of the season. The former Palermo man shouldn’t be short of chances on Sunday, so it’s likely he’ll take one of them.