If Hull are to stay in the Premier League this season there are certain games they cannot afford to drop points in and the KC Stadium clash with terrible travellers West Ham is such a match.
The Tigers’ results when hosting so far this season have matched champions Man Utd’s
Steve Bruce’s side’s home points total five games into the campaign is only bettered by the current top five and they can extend the Hammers’ winless run on the road to eight matches with a victory at 13/10.
Sam Allardyce’s side are 21/10 to pick up maximum points for just the second time this season and a share of the spoils is priced up at 11/5.
West Ham’s strikers have still not managed a league goal between them in 2013/14
Andy Carroll was responsible for three of the Hammers’ division-low tally of 11 away goals in the last campaign and his loss through injury has been keenly felt, with stand-ins Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te failing to register a top-flight strike so far this season.
Mladen Petric has been brought to the club in recent weeks to add more attacking impetus, but the former Fulham forward has yet to find the net during this calendar year.
The Hammers have averaged one shot on target per away game this term
West Ham have not only failed to score on their travels so far this season, they have barely given opposing goalkeepers anything to do and against a side showing good striking form in many areas of the pitch another blank could be disastrous.
Robbie Brady’s strike in Hull’s 3-2 win at Newcastle was the Irish international’s second in the Premier League this season and fellow midfielders Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko have chipped in with a goal each in the absence of first-choice frontman Yannick Sagbo through suspension.
Aluko managed to find the back of the net eight times in the Championship last season despite making just 24 league appearances and being ruled out with injury from January until the end of the season.
With Sagbo set to return to the front line after not starting in the league since his red card in the 1-0 win against Norwich the Tigers have a strong hand in attack and can find the strike that edges them past Allardyce’s boys.