Kick Off: 15.00, 20/08/2016
Managerless Hull pulled off the Premier League’s opening-weekend shock in beating champions Leicester at the KC Stadium, but the Tigers will be brought back down to earth with a bump away to Swansea.
Francesco Guidolin’s side are an indicatively short price at 4/5 to see off the newly-promoted side, who still have caretaker boss Mike Phelan at the helm after Steve Bruce’s July departure.
The former Manchester United assistant manager’s achievements in leading his charges to 2-1 victory at home to the Foxes cannot be underestimated, considering the Humberside outift have yet to make a summer signing that turned out at a higher level than League One last term.
Allied with Phelan being forced to stick former Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore at centre-half for the visit of Claudio Ranieri’s team and the result gets even better, but Hull have been far better at home than on the road over the past six months or so.
Under Bruce, the Tigers only won two of their last eight away matches as the 2015/16 Championship campaign drew to a close, losing five of those fixtures including against relegated Bolton in late April.
Compare that with no second-tier losses at headquarters since last November and it’s fair to say Hull were underrated ahead of the Leicester clash.
Unfortunately for Phelan and co, they face a Swans outfit in ferocious home form themselves, with 13 points taken from a possible 15 in their last five Liberty Stadium fixtures of 2015/16, despite having to host Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City during that run.
Only Southampton have managed to get the better of Swansea in south Wales since Guidolin took charge seven home matches ago, and the Italian oversaw a smashing start to this term when his side nabbed a 1-0 victory over Hull’s fellow newly-promoted club Burnley at Turf Moor.