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Man United v Hull: Rooney form to continue as Reds run riot

| 28.11.2014

Manchester United picked up a win with an unconvincing performance at the Emirates last week but it will be a different story when Hull travel to Old Trafford on Saturday.

United had to ride wave after wave of pressure against Arsenal and were fortunate to come away with the win but few teams have posed as little a threat to the Old Trafford side in the Premier League era than the Tigers.

Louis van Gaal’s men have won all of the last six meetings with Steve Bruce’s side and with the visitors on a three-game losing streak it’s easy to see why the Red Devils are priced as 2/7 favourites.

Hull fans can get 9/1 on an unlikely victory, with the draw priced at 9/2, but James Curtis has trawled through the remainder of the markets to bring you three of the best bets.

Wayne Rooney to score first @ 7/2 (or anytime @ 17/20)

With Radamel Falcao injured and Robin van Persie short of form it has fallen to Wayne Rooney to carry the load for United this term and the club captain has duly delivered.

Rooney is already in double figures for club and country this term, hitting 10 goals in 15 games, and with seven of those coming in the last eight the England man is in red hot form.

Wazza has scored six goals in his last four games against Hull, including all four in a 4-0 win in 2010, and will be a major threat again here.

United to win and over 2.5 goals @ 37/20

With United winning all of the previous six Premier League meetings with Hull, and having lost just one of their last seven games the home victory looks assured.

And given the ruthlessness the Red Devils have shown in front of goal against the Tigers in the past we can expect another high scoring affair.

The Old Trafford club have netted a total of 18 goals in six games against Hull – at an average of three per game – and with Hull scoring seven in that time the over 2.5 line should be easily eclipsed.

Over 3.5 goals @ 13/10

With Rooney in top form, Falcao expected to be fit and Van Persie desperate to show he’s still a top performer, United could rack up a decent amount of goals to cement their top four credentials.

Of the last six games between the two sides, five have seen more than three goals, with United taking the last three by scorelines of 4-0, 3-2 and 2-1.

With that history and United’s attacking line-up we could be in for a goal fest in the north-west on Saturday.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.