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Hull capable of extending Liverpool’s misery into 2014

| 31.12.2013

Hull have been putting together an extremely passable run of form lately and they can lower an injury-ravaged Liverpool’s distinctly unfestive spirits still further with the aid of +2 handicap to turn a profit at odds of 23/20.

Sitting top of the Premier League at Christmas, being unceremoniously busted down to fifth on the back of two strong but fruitless performances since has been a demoralising turn of events for Brendan Rodgers.

He’ll be sore over the lost points and prestige, but Liverpool’s injury-strewn squad will be of even greater concern against a Hull side they are as short as 2/7 to beat.

Rodgers could be without two members of his first-choice midfield if Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson fail to overcome injuries in time to feature against the Tigers.

There’s little margin for error as it is for the Anfield mob, who are also without Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho for the fixture.

They’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways after consecutive defeats, yet Hull are in the midst a strong run of results and are unlikely to bend to their will.

Liverpool have grown used to hammering sides at Anfield – they’ve penetrated their opponents at least thrice in each of the last six home games.

However, they welcome guests who have been beavering away in impressive fashion since silencing Luis Suarez on the way to a 3-1 KC Stadium victory in early December.

Having previously left their laudable defensive solidity on Humberside, Steve Bruce’s charges have avoided defeat in two of their last three road games.

They then stepped up on those draws with a narrow defeat to Manchester United and a 6-0 thrashing of Fulham after Christmas, so confidence will be understandably high at Anfield.

Hull have gone down 2-0 away to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea this term.

Yet against a club who have kept only one clean sheet in their last six at Anfield an away goal to help our 23/20 Hull +2 wager along is far from out of the question.

The Tigers have troubled the scorers in six of their last eight games on the road and against an injury-hampered home defence they’ll be hopeful of continuing their newfound prolificacy.

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Thomas Reynolds