Brighton to keep their 1-0 streak alive against travel-sick Hull

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For Brighton and Hull the FA Cup this season may mean different things. The south coast hosts of this clash could see the tournament as a chance to reap some financial rewards for a deep run, while for Hull it may be a distraction from their number one objective.

For that very reason personnel may well vary between the two sides, which makes calling a winner quite difficult. That’s reflected in the match odds, where Brighton are narrow 7/5 favourites, with Hull available at 2/1 and the draw a 9/4-shot.

While who adorns each side’s teamsheet is a veritable lottery, there is one thing that’s a guarantee and that is that one or both teams will fail to score.

That’s been the case in all bar one of Brighton’s last eight games in all competitions and in nine of Hull’s last 10.

So with such a long running commitment to goals at neither or only one end, the fact that “no” in the both teams to score market is priced at 17/20 is about as low-hanging a piece of fruit as you’re likely to get.

However difficult it may be to pick a winner, though, shirking away from bold predictions is not part of this news team’s DNA and it is Brighton who are picked to prevail.

Their home form has been exemplary of late, winning four in a row and going unbeaten in the last seven at the Amex Stadium.

All of those last four wins have come from slim, 1-0 scorelines which not only backs up our theory on the both teams to score market, but also shines the brightest in the correct score section, at 13/2.

Hull do a lot to boost that selection too, losing seven of their last 13 trips away from the KC stadium, of which three were 1-0 defeats.

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

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Matt Wiggins

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