The battle for promotion to the Premier League intensifies on Tuesday evening when second and third place in the Championship, Hull City and Watford, go head-to-head at the KC Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s men remain in the driving seat after the Easter weekend fixtures and they know that a win against the Hornets will see them go seven points clear of their nearest rivals for the second automatic promotion spot.
Furthermore, three points will put the Tigers within touching distance of leaders Cardiff City as they make a late drive to claim the title.
Going into Tuesday’s encounter on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, Hull will be desperate to consolidate that victory with another three points and can be backed at evens with bwin to do so.
Unfortunately for Watford, another late lapse in concentration from their backline saw them squander a 3-2 lead over Burnley and instead of gaining ground on the two sides above them, Gianfranco Zola’s men had to settle for a point.
Saturday’s disappointment means it is now three games without a win for the Hornets and that run has left some observers questioning whether the Italian has what it takes to finish the job and gain promotion.
Another defeat on Tuesday would be disastrous for Watford, but bwinners who fancy the Hornets to return to winning ways can back them at 5/2, with the draw available at 12/5.
Despite occupying second position in the Championship table presently, Hull have not exactly been in incredible form. Their last six matches have been alternating victories and defeats (LWLWLW), so technically Tuesday should result in a loss if that symmetry continues.
However, I am not of that mindset. Bruce has seen it, done it and got the T-shirt, having led Birmingham to two promotions to the top flight.
He knows exactly what is required and I expect Hull to edge closer to a return to the Premier League with a vital win over Watford.
Although they suffered a defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in their last home game, prior to that came four successive victories for the Tigers, scoring ten goals in the process.
And goals could be on the menu again on Tuesday evening as Watford and their leaky defence travel to the KC Stadium.
February 19th was the last time Zola’s side managed to keep a clean sheet (a 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town), and since then they have shipped nine goals in six matches.
Having already tipped up Hull to secure a victory, I also like the look of over 3,5 goals to be scored in the game at 2/1.
With the shaky defence of Watford being typified in that 3-3 draw last time out against Burnley and three of Hull’s fixtures ending with four or more goals being scored, 2/1 looks great value.
And if you’re looking for a slightly longer price, you can combine the two by backing Hull to triumph in a game of over 3.5 goals at 5/1, which would return a cool £120 for new customers successfully backing it with their free £20 bet.