The Premier League’s bottom six currently comprises, from the bottom up, Leicester, Aston Villa, Burnley, QPR, Sunderland and Hull.
Eight points separate the rock-bottom side from Steve Bruce’s men, yet judging by their remaining fixtures the Tigers could well be joining the Foxes in the second tier next term.
Humberside’s finest are 3/1 to slip through the trapdoor and that could look like value as the season reaches it climax.
Away form has never been the cornerstone of Hull’s survival at the top table and it has gone into steady decline as the campaign has progressed.
After avoiding defeat in five of their first eight road games across all competitions they’ve now lost seven of their last ten.
It means that it would unwise to bank on them hoovering up too many more points on their travels to Leicester, Swansea, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
Being so ineffective away from home ratchets up the pressure to accumulate sustenance in front of your own partisans and, to their credit, Hull have won three of their last four, against Everton, Aston Villa and QPR.
Unfortunately those points look like they’re about to dry up – they must do battle with four of the current top six at the KC Stadium before their fate is written into the history books.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal visit in consecutive games following the midweek meeting with Sunderland, while Manchester United arrive for the final game of the season (a match which comes hot on the heels of a trip to Tottenham.
All bar the Anfield side won on Humberside last term, suggesting the outlook is bleak.
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