Everton v Hull City Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 14, 2017
Saturday 18 March – Goodison Park – Premier League
Ronald Koeman Everton’s host Hull City on Saturday, with the Blues looking to preserve their unbeaten Premier League home record in 2017.
Hull have turned a corner under new boss Marco Silva, but still face a battle to avoid the drop.
Everton have the slight upper hand in this one, winning two of their last five meetings, with two draws and one Hull win.
Everton will be keeping an eye on the fitness of Leighton Baines and James McCarthy, who are doubtful for this one with back and hamstring injuries respectively. Baines was forced off in the Toffees win against West Brom, and if he misses out Ramiro Funes Mori or Mason Holgate could step in.
Hull have a number of injury problems to contend with, striker Dieumerci Mbokani out with a hamstring injury, and Michael Dawson and Ryan Mason both long term absentees.
Oumar Niasse, who scored twice as a substitute against Swansea, will be ineligible against his parent club in line with his loan deal from Merseyside.
Everton v Hull City Preview and Predictions
Everton are in consistent and determined form of late, despite their loss to Tottenham two weeks ago, and they should brush Hull aside as they look to solidify a Europa League qualification spot.
Much of Everton’s joy of late has been down to the form of top scorer Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has seven goals in his last five games, and is 12/5 to score first against Hull.
Hull have improved recently, and a morale boosting win over Swansea will boost their survival hopes, but they are without an away Premier league win since August 2016.
This alarming lack of form on the road could prove to be the Tigers’ undoing as they battle against the threat of relegation.
They have also struggled for goals in their recent games, with just four goals in their last six Premier League games, whilst Everton have netted an impressive 14 in their last six outings.
Over 2.5 goals at 4/5
Given their form at Goodison Park in 2017, a home win looks to be a banker in this one, paying out at 8/15. The free-scoring Blues should do it by a few clear goals.
Everton to win to nil at 7/5
The Toffees are also strong at the back, keeping three clean sheets in their last four games, and should be able to shut out Hull completely.