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Hull v Cardiff: Tense afternoon promised on Humberside

| 03.05.2013

With the title in the bag, it’s hard to envisage Cardiff going above and beyond to win at Hull and this makes the Tigers understandable favourites to win the match at 10/11, but with their promotion nerves a-jangling, the Bluebirds’ massive 3/1 underdog status must come into consideration.

Malky Mackay’s men have signed off their stint in the Championship with a six match unbeaten run and have given no indication that they’ve got next season in mind, while Hull have developed stage fright at the worst possible time.

With just a solitary win needed to get them over the line, the Humbersiders have forgotten where the goal is, failing to score in any of their previous three, including at home to already-relegated Bristol City.

Now, having allowed Watford to creep to within a point of them, Steve Bruce’s side must overcome their inability to find the net against a team that has kept four clean sheets in seven, restricting their opponents to just one goal in the games that their opponents have found a way past David Marshall.

Hull simply have to better the Hornet’s result against Leeds in order to ensure a Premier League return, so backing the away win to nil may seem a little risky. However, the stats indicate the hosts are going to have a hard time breaching the champions’ defence and the promise of a hefty 6/1 payout could snare a few punters.

Cardiff have only lost twice on the road since the end of November and would have ensured this bet copped on four instances in that spell, whereas Hull have mustered a pitiful two goals in their previous four home matches.

The Tigers’ new-found toothlessness makes a punt on under 2.5 goals being yielded in this clash well worth a dabble. It’s available at 4/5, while it’s even duller cousin – under 1.5 goals – will reward bettors with a richer bounty of 12/5.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton