Hull are the only side in the bottom five not to have won a game in their last six Premier League outings, yet they are not one of the two teams Ladbrokes rate as odds-on chances to be relegated this season.
The Tigers, who have now lost three in a row after falling 2-0 to Southampton last time out, can be backed at 21/20 for the drop, which is as perplexing a price as asking for close to a fiver for a tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Bruce reckons either two or three wins in the final six games will see his side safe and, after watching his men create openings against the Saints, believes they still have enough to survive, so long as future chances are taken.
The only problem is the Tigers’ thorny run-in, which sees them face Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley, Tottenham and Manchester United.
That only two of those games – against Palace and Spurs – are on the road provide a slither of hope, but ultimately the task at hand is far greater than Ladbrokes imagine.
They are yet to beat a side from the top half of the table this term and have lost five of their seven games against those opponents when playing at the KC Stadium.
Scoring goals is a problem, with just four managed in the current skid, and Dame N’Doye has gone off the boil after initially firing following his January arrival.
By the time Burnley, Hull’s biggest hopes of a win on the home straight, arrive on May 9th, the Clarets could well have leapfrogged their relegation rivals in both the table and the betting, by which time it will be too late to lump on.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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