With two-goal hauls in half of his last four Premier League appearances and Hull’s recent record of conceding the first goal to an opposing midfielder, Juan Mata is the obvious candidate to back to score the opener in Manchester United’s penultimate game of the season.
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Finding the scoresheet twice is something Mata achieved against both Newcastle and Norwich in April.
Meanwhile, after over four months without a goal, Mata has certainly run into form of late, with five goals in as many games for Man Utd.
Another reason he is fancied to strike first against Hull is the struggles that the Tigers have had when it comes to preventing midfielders from breaching their defence.
In the last six games in which they have conceded in all competitions, the opening goal has always come from an opposing midfielder, with Aaron Ramsey, Ashkan Dejagah and Ashley Westwood the most recent beneficiaries.
Furthermore, Hull have taken their eye of the ball when it comes to defending in general in the past month, conceding 13 times across their last four fixtures.
This suggests that Man Utd have every chance of scoring more than once against the FA Cup finalists.
As an alternative to Mata, Robin van Persie is expected to make his first start since registering a hat-trick in the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Olympiakos in March.
Van Persie is 9/4 to score first here and in four of the last six games that he has been on target, the Dutchman has been responsible for the opener.