Hull v Middlesbrough Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Wednesday 5 April – KCOM Stadium – Premier League
Hull play host to Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium on Wednesday evening in a huge Premier League relegation six-pointer. Two of the Premier League’s bottom three will lock horns, in a game that could go a long way in deciding who stays up.
The teams have played each other plenty of times over recent seasons in the Premier League, Championship and FA Cup. The away team has only won once in the last eight meetings, a 2-0 cup win for Hull. Middlesbrough won this season’s corresponding fixture 1-0, while Hull recorded a 3-0 win at the KCOM Stadium in the Championship last year.
Marco Silva will be without Tom Huddlestone as the influential midfielder serves the second of a three match ban. The Portuguese boss can rely on Michael Dawson’s leadership though, as the defender has now recovered from a calf injury. Loanee Oumar Niasse could be given a chance after impressing in recent games.
For Middlesbrough, Steve Agnew takes charge of his third game after Aitor Karanka was sacked. The caretaker manager must decide whether to stick with Stewart Downing and Gaston Ramirez out wide, or hand a start to the exciting Adama Traore. Meanwhile, Daniel Ayala’s return to fitness provides a boost for the Teessider’s.
Hull v Middlesbrough Preview and Predictions
It’s crunch time for both Hull and Middlesbrough if either side wants to stay in the Premier League. Both teams sacked their managers in the hope it would lead to survival, but this is still very much in the balance. Expect a cagey start with both sides afraid to lose, but with so much at stake there could be fireworks.
Marco Silva’s appointment had the desired effect on Hull’s fortunes, with the Tigers still in the hunt for safety. He’s had some big results with wins against Liverpool and Swansea, and a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford. You can get odds of 5/4 on another huge result for Hull if they claim these crucial three points.
After a great start to the season Middlesbrough have been in absolute free fall of late, costing Karanka his job. Winless in 11 games prior to their clash with Swansea on Sunday, it’s now or never time for Boro. At 11/4, Agnew’s men will start as outsiders to pick up the win on Wednesday. The draw is similarly priced at 5/2. This could be a nerve-jangling one that explodes into life towards the end.
Last goal scored after 75 minutes at 11/8
With Premier League survival at stake, there could be late drama in this game. Will it be a piece of magic or a terrible blunder that decides the outcome?
0-0 draw at 15/2
Perhaps the pressure will be too much though, and the teams play out a dull stalemate. Plus, Middlesbrough have been involved in more 0-0 draws than any other Premier League side so far this season.