Realistically, Hull City are the lowest placed side in the Championship with any play-off aspirations as the regular season rapidly draws to a close.
Nick Barmby’s boys are sat in ninth ahead of this weekend’s trip to Leicester City, but find themselves just two points behind Middlesbrough in sixth.
The congealed mess around the upper third of the table will go the distance, but given the amount of teams competing for just a few cherished spots, every game from hereon in is doubly important.
One fatal slip or fall for Hull and the dream could be over for another year. That realisation must already have set in for Leicester, who are marooned in 12th place with just the obligation of fixtures to fulfil.
Such circumstances make the Foxes and those in similar predicaments highly volatile. With little to chase, sides can often thrive with the pressure off, but equally so, with nothing to lose they invariably do.
It’s difficult to ascertain which Leicester will turn up, but either way, with the carrot of a play-off place still dangling for the Tigers, they will fancy themselves to pick up another all-important three points, which bwin’s 3Way football betting market prices at 27/10.
Hull are to entertaining football what King Herod the Great is to childcare and being the fourth-lowest goalscorers in the division, if you’re after a bit of action you may as well stay at home and watch the dust settle on top of your telly.
However, heading into the fixture, the respective form of these two sides points to why the Foxes are rated as 21/20 favourites.
Nigel Pearson has led his side to three wins on the spin at the King Power Stadium and indeed, if you track that record back over the last ten, Leicester have recorded five wins and four draws on home turf.
That’s an ominous record for anybody to try to tackle, but if anybody’s likely to do it, it’s Hull City.
The Tigers have the best defence in the Championship, having conceded only 30 goals all term, and on their travels they’ve let in just 13 in 18 away ties.
Unfortunately though, Hull are to entertaining football what King Herod the Great is to childcare and being the fourth-lowest goalscorers in the division, if you’re after a bit of action you may as well stay at home and watch the dust settle on top of your telly.
In their last 15 games, Hull have plundered a paltry 11 goals and the toothless Tigers have finished all square in six of their last eight games – scoring in just three of them.
Given those damning statistics, the 21/10 draw should also be jumping off the page, but look a little deeper and there’s more to be taken back to the KC Stadium.
In their last five away games, Hull have won two and drawn three, conceding just the once, and when you consider that Leicester – going through the motions – have let in 15 in five, Hull have more than enough form and incentive to claim a victory.
It probably won’t be pretty, so if you do fancy Hull to win it, backing them with under 2.5 goals in the game is a massive 6/1 and with under 3.5 goals is 7/2.
Also, given Hull’s miserly defensive record, you may fancy them to keep another clean sheet and one bet well worth a dabble would be the multiple correct score of 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 to the Tigers at 19/4.
New customers who sign up for a bwin account are entitled to a free £25 bet and utilising that on a Hull victory by a score of 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 could pick you up £143.75 if successful.
Elsewhere, the 27/10 on the away win can’t be sniffed at and 1-1 at 6/1 is likely if you reckon you can guess the score.
For those of you who fancy the footloose and free-flowing Foxes to turn on the samba in the sun, back them to win a match with over 2.5 goals at 13/5 as they’ll never keep a clean sheet.
Recommended bet: Hull to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ 19/4
Outside punt: Hull to win a game of under 2.5 goals @ 6/1
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