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Hull freefall can only be halted by winning Xmas six-pointers

| 22.12.2014

May’s narrow FA Cup final loss to Arsenal must feel like so many Millennia ago to Hull boss Steve Bruce, with his side currently two points from Premier League safety in 19th place, having failed to win a match of any stripe since beating Crystal Palace during the first week of October.

Hull are only just still odds-against to beat the drop this term at 6/5 with Ladbrokes.com, although punters of a mind to back such an eventuality may be better (and quicker) served by getting on Bruce to be the next top-flight boss to leave his post at an industry-best 6/1 with the bookies.

If there is hope for the Humbersiders, it lies in their last two fixtures of 2014.

Next up is a trip to the former Manchester United skipper’s ex-employers Sunderland, who haven’t claimed victory in front of the Mackems faithful for six matches, with their last home win coming, coincidentally, during the weekend Hull downed the Eagles at the KC Stadium.

Bruce has only experienced good fortune against the Black Cats since being shown the door by owner Ellis Short just over three years ago.

The Tigers took on their feline brethren three times on their return to the top flight last term, twice in the league and en route to Wembley in the FA Cup quarter final, winning all three games by a combined scoreline of 6-0.

At 3/1, Hull look a decent bet to triumph for the second successive season at the Stadium of Light, having handed Poyet’s boys a 2-0 beating there last term, before hosting the only side below them in the top-tier standings at present.

Since coming back from 3-1 down to beat Man Utd at the end of September, Leicester’s form reads played 12 Premier League games, drawn two, and lost 10.

Nigel Pearson’s shattered Foxes are surely there for the taking at 5/4 in Hull’s last match before we all link arms and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, but that 6/1 on Bruce to be the next (and indeed first) PL boss to leave his watch in 2014/15 looks mighty tempting nonetheless.

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

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Alex Fortune