Hull and Leicester meet at the KC Stadium two days after putting in post-Christmas showings replete with reasons for renewed positivity.
The Tigers are weighty 5/4 favourites for a second consecutive victory after downing Sunderland on Wearside to gain only their third league win of the campaign.
Leicester, on the other hand, went down 2-1 at home to Tottenham, sustaining their 11th loss in 13 winless games.
Yet despite their failure to snap the streak it was the Foxes’ performance which arguably yielded the greater cause for optimism ahead of their trip to Humberside.
Nigel Pearson’s men are 3/5 to avoid defeat and 21/10 for all three points in Hull, having been desperately unlucky against the Lilywhites.
Undone by Spurs goals hewn from the kind of Keystone Cops defending that is at the root of all their Premier League woes, Leicester were otherwise dominant.
Hugo Lloris in the visiting net pulled off numerous saves as both Leonardo Ulloa and Riyad Mahrez struck the woodwork.
The worm stubbornly refused to turn, despite 11 corners to Tottenham’s one and 16 shots (six on target) on goal to their opponents seven (3).
By contrast Hull were the beneficiaries of some heavy duty philanthropy from the fates as they downed the Black Cats, Gaston Ramirez’s equaliser assisted by a divot last seen collecting Stan Collymore’s pass and chipping Tim Flowers back in 1996.
Steve Bruce’s side also survived not one, but three penalty shouts varying in grievousness from manslaughter to murder one at the Stadium of Light.
Such blatant misfortune was more than enough to demolish the poise of a Sunderland XI whose tendency to self-destruct is greater than any top-secret MI6 communique.
In spite of losing, Leicester City’s players will have the more reason to be buoyed by their latest result and, against a collection of individuals with less quality than Tottenham, they can gain a first point in seven attempts at the very least.