Sunderland will be bouncing ahead of their trip to Hull after registering their first win of the campaign at the ninth attempt last time out, but Hull’s former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has a superb home record against his previous employers.
The Tigers are already proving particularly stingy on Humberside this term and they can grind out a home win/under 2.5 goals double at 10/3.
Bruce has won 12 of his 17 home games against previous employers in his managerial career.
When it comes to having the exes over the Hull City boss has a practically unblemished record, with a mere two defeats sustained against former paymasters since he first swapped Sheffield United for Huddersfield in 1999.
It’s been eight matches since the Tigers last suffered defeat at the KC Stadium.
Stepping up to the top flight has done little to derail Hull’s home fortunes and they’ve won a very decent three of their five games on Humberside this term including a Capital One Cup victory over Huddersfield.
Sunderland have lost eight of their last ten games away from the Stadium of Light, the kind of record that can hardly inspire confidence ahead of a trip to such a stronghold.
Seven of Hull’s nine Premier League games have seen under 2.5 goals bettors pouch the dosh.
Bruce’s Tigers are an exceptionally well-drilled bunch and the ability to grind out results that saw them promoted with the 14th-best goals-for record in the Championship in 2012/13 is still in full effect.
So few goals have been seen at the KC this term that four of their five games in all competitions would have rewarded punters backing under 1.5 goals.
Meanwhile the Mackems’ victory over Newcastle was the first time they’ve scored more than a solitary goal in their last 14 top-flight games so it’s unlikely that Gus Poyet’s side will offer Hull the sternest of defensive tests.