Hull v Aston Villa: Visitors set to end lengthy search for a win
With just two points separating Hull and Aston Villa in the Premier League and 14 games remaining for the pair to seal their survival in the division, it is growing increasingly difficult not to refer to these games as infamous “six-pointers”.
The outcome of this clash at the KC Stadium will not only have a huge impact on the relegation fight, but could determine whether the losing manager collects his P45 too.
Form is something neither side can define, although the hosts’ collection of four points from the last six games gives them the edge, perhaps helping them earn the favourites tag at 5/4 with Villa 13/5.
The match-betting market is well and truly avoided in our rundown of the best three bets for the contest though, with Villa a prominent feature:
The visitors have got the better of Hull in seven of their last eight meetings in all competitions. The 0-0 draw in this fixture last season is the only occasion when they haven’t managed to claim victory, but is part of four straight clean sheets they’ve kept at the KC.
Having ended their seemingly eternal wait for a goal against Chelsea last time out, the Villans can keep the good times rolling with a first top-flight triumph in nine.
Villa’s troubles in front of goal are more well known than the outcome of the latest Celebrity Big Brother series and it should come as no surprise that Paul Lambert’s men have been involved in the most under 2.5-goal games in the league.
Hull aren’t far behind them in the boredom stakes though and have had 14 of their 24 outings in the division fall short of the three-goal mark.
It was Jores Okore that went down in Aston Villa folklore as the man that ended the side’s painful search for a goal, but it can be the Austrian that hands them their first win in an age.
The 23-year-old forward has scored three goals in his last two games against Hull, both of which finished in Villa victories.
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