An FA Cup semi-final appearance was one thing that even the most optimistic amongst the Hull support would’ve discounted when making their pre-season predictions; a top-half finish was probably another.
Realistically, one spot in the Premier League’s upper echelons remains up for grabs, with ninth-placed Southampton, the lowest-ranked top-ten outfit, 11 points clear of the bottom-half.
Below the Saints, though, a skirmish is threatening to erupt amongst the sides for whom safety is all but assured for that final spot amongst the elite, with just two points separating West Ham in tenth to 15th-place Norwich.
The Tigers are one of the clubs embroiled in the battle royal, which makes their huge odds of 5/1 to finish in the top-half excellent value.
Customers to open a new account at bwin.com today will be handed a £30 free bet to bolster their betting war chest and this could reap a monster £150 profit if the Humberside outfit end the campaign amongst the top-ten.
Here are three reasons that make this a worthwhile wager:
A friendly run of away fixtures coincides with the improving form of Steve Bruce’s side on their travels.
Their points tally on the road is less than impressive, with six of the meagre 11 they’ve mustered thus far coming on their previous two trips.
Should this upward trajectory continue, though, remaining away days at West Ham, Stoke, Fulham and Aston Villa are all winnable, with Manchester United the only behemoth they’re left to visit.
Of their main competitors for this spot, only Swansea fare better against bottom half adversaries.
The relevance of this is that, like Hull, the majority of Aston Villa’s, Stoke’s and the Swans’ ten fixtures to play are against foes anchored in the lower reaches.
Based on their records this season, it’s only Garry Monk’s men who will plunder more points in the final stages.
Should a worrying lull in home form be quickly remedied, a Tigers’ top-ten finish will be nailed on.
They may currently be winless in four on their own patch, but prior to a Boxing Day defeat against Man Utd, Hull had lost just one in seven at the KC.
Coupled with their upturned away form, a return to these standards before the campaign’s end will see them clamber into the top-half.