Man United v Hull: In-form hosts can put one foot in the final

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Cup fever continues this January, as Manchester United and Hull bid for a spot in the EFL Cup final. But a quick looking at the betting suggests we shouldn’t be expecting any surprises.

Jose’s United are on a 14-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, and swatted Reading aside 4-0 in their Emirates FA Cup Third Round clash at the weekend.

The Red Devils are 1/5 favourites, with Marco Silva 14/1 for his first victory at boss of the Tigers.

Hull may have secured their own path into the FA Cup Fourth Round with victory over Swansea, but they have a wretched record against United.

The Humberside outfit haven’t beaten the Manchester outfit since 1974, losing 11 of the last 12 meetings.

And with all the problems surrounding the club, it’s hard to envisage a shock victory at Old Trafford.

Even their victory at the weekend wasn’t without it’s worries, as Michael Dawson went off with a shoulder injury.

Add in the absence of powerful forward Dieumerci Mbokani – away on international duty – and this could be a long two-legs for the Tigers.

United have become resolute at the back, conceding just three goals in their last eight games.

The bookies go 4/7 that Mourinho’s men keep another clean sheet, while 8/15 says at least one team fails to score.

Plenty more value lies in backing United on the handicap. The hosts are 8/13 -1, but 6/4 on a home win by at least three goals should be the way to go.

The Red Devils will be eager to put this tie to bed as early as possible, and avoid any chance of an upset in the return leg in a fortnight’s time.

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

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.