Two teams with their eye on the promotion places meet in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday in a clash which is likely to be as tight as it is pivotal in deciding the final Championship table.
Visitors Hull City and hosts Brighton and Hove Albion have made a habit of making themselves hard to beat so far this season and possess the third and fourth-best defensive records in the division respectively, barely conceding one goal per game between them.
As such, the 3Way betting odds are predictably even, with Albion narrow favourites at 27/20, while the third-placed Tigers are 9/5 and the draw is attractively priced at 23/10.
Gus Poyet’s team are favourites thanks to a home record that has seen them lose just three times at the Amex all campaign, but this may be a good time to visit the south coast as the Seagulls have been shockingly out of form of late.
Since losing out to Theo Walcott’s late winner in their FA Cup glamour tie against Arsenal, Albion have drawn twice and been comfortably beaten by struggling Sheffield Wednesday.
With that in mind, Steve Bruce will surely send out his Tigers primed to go for the opening goal and with new loan signing David Meyler and on-form midfielder Robert Koren in their ranks, they look well priced at 23/20 to get it.
Given the defensive mettle of both teams and the fact the previous five Brighton-Hull encounters have average one goal, there’s a good chance a single strike might be enough, making 2/1 for under 1.5 goals look attractive.
Hull won the reverse fixture 1-0 in August and new customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin to back a repeat result stand to win an impressive ₤150.
But having had a week to fire up his team since their loss to Wednesday, Poyet will be demanding his top stars like Craig Mackail-Smith, Wayne Bridge and new loan signing Matthew Upson show some fight.
And with the home crowd behind them, I’m backing them to get an equaliser with lead-draw priced at 17/5 and draw/draw at half-time/full-time available at 4/1.