Trapped in the clutches of the mysterious phenomenon that has come to be known as second-season syndrome, Hull burrow themselves deeper into the Premier League basement with every passing week.
Punch drunk on an eight-match winless run, the Tigers now look set to stumble nose-first onto a Chelsea haymaker at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are a microscopic 9/50 to plunder three points when Steve Bruce’s side, who look untouchable at 29/2, visit next to 21/4 about the draw.
But a win for the travelling Yorkshiremen isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, so long as they’re afforded a two-goal head start.
Hull (+2) pays out at 5/4 at bwin.com, where a £30 free bet is on offer for new customers.
Invest it in the visitors to land a £37.50 profit if the punt slides into home plate.
Here’s why it will:
Those who backed the bet in question ahead of every Hull game this season are now stinking rich.
If the Tigers had started each of their 20 matches this term two goals to good, they would’ve prevailed on 18 occasions.
Just once in their last nine outings has the bet failed to reward.
Chelsea haven’t scaled the summit by laying waste to their foes.
Tottenham are the only domestic adversary of the last eight to have squared off with the Blues and lost with a positive two-goal handicap applied.
Six of their last eight top-tier opponents would’ve all prevailed under the same circumstances.
Hull have a respectable Premier League record at the Bridge.
They may have never won at this west London venue since records began, but in two of their three trips since rejoining the nation’s elite in 2008 they would’ve triumphed with a two-goal head start.
The only instance in which they wouldn’t was last term’s 2-0 defeat.
Having swerved anticipated drubbings at the Emirates and Anfield already this term, Hull are not without a chance of landing a 19th instalment of the (+2) handicap punt here.