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Hull City v Trencin: Bruce’s boys backed for Europa League progress

| 07.08.2014

Tom Huddlestone�s missed penalty against Trencin took the gloss off an otherwise comfortable performance by Hull City in Slovakia but it should be a different story at the KC Stadium.

Facing inferior European opposition, the Tigers are 3/10 favourites for victory on the night, with the draw on at 4/1 and an unlikely away win available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

But with a high-scoring and ultimately comfortable home win in the offing, we�ve separated the wheat from the chaff to bring you three of the best bets available on the night.

Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6

Hull may have failed to find the net in Zilina last week but it should be an entirely different story on home soil, particularly given Trencin�s poor record on the road.

The Slovakian side are without a win from their last two league fixtures away from home and with each of their last six away games featuring over 2.5 goals, it would be wise to back a repeat here.

The first half to produce more goals @ 19/10

Steve Bruce will be desperate to make a positive start against Trencin after their previous goalless encounter. With many players yet to reach peak fitness, an early burst of goals could be on the cards, with the Hull boss then able to make changes and give others some valuable game time.

Four of Hull�s last five home fixtures in the Premier League featured more goals in the first 45 minutes and given the gulf between the two teams a similar story could play out.

Curtis Davies to score anytime @ 4/1

With the likes of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic both a short price to score against the Slovakians, we�ve plumped for a leftfield choice in the form of one-time England national team candidate Curtis Davies.

The 29-year-old netted five times for Hull City last term � including a goal in the Tigers� 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in FA Cup final � and is a tempting price to score anytime here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.