Hull are 3/20 favourites to be the third and final side to be relegated from the Premier League in 2014/15, with Newcastle, the only other side who can replace them in the drop zone distant outsiders to do so at 9/2.
Despite such a damning assessment from the bwin layers, the picture is far more hopeful than the odds suggest for the Tigers, who are as short as 11/5 to claim three points against Manchester United on home turf.
Here are seven reasons why their 11th-hour escape can still happen.
Only a Newcastle victory will render Hull’s result meaningless
John ‘Bubbles’ Carver’s men have won just once in their last 14 attempts and, with the Tigers just two points adrift, a draw could be enough for Humberside survival, after all…
The Tigers’ goal difference is seven strikes superior to the only team they can still usurp
Meaning if Hull fulfil their side of the bargain by beating United and Newcastle are only able to draw the KC Stadium outfit survive.
West Ham have avoided defeat on their last two trips to St James’ Park
The Irons have shut out the hosts on Tyneside in each of the last two campaigns, drawing once and winning the other.
Sam Allardyce will have extra motivation to down the Magpies
The ‘Big’ boy’s Newcastle tenure, which saw his services dispensed with after just 24 games, is the sole blot on his top-tier career.
United have failed to win 14 of their 22 away league games this term
Hull’s foes may have qualified for the Champions League, but only 25 of their 69 points have come away from Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ slim hopes of taking third will demand all out attack
Leap-frogging Arsenal is still possible if the Gunners lose, United simply have to throw caution to the wind to overhaul a seven strike-goal difference, with gaps at the back inevitable.
Man Utd have previous for playing their part in last day relegation escapes
Remember 2006/07? The already crowned champions would have sent West Ham down with a win, but lost 1-0 at Old Trafford to a Carlos Tevez strike.