There’s no getting away from the fact Hull are in deep water as they welcome Swansea to the KC Stadium, meaning the only item on Steve Bruce’s Christmas wishlist is a first win in 10 Premier League outings.
Last season’s near miss in the FA Cup final must feel like a lifetime ago for Bruce and his troops, however this perilous slump does at least include two draws before going down at Chelsea in controversial circumstances.
Ladbrokes see this match as a close-run thing with Swansea priced at 6/4 for a first away league win of the season, the draw is 11/5 and Hull are 15/8 shots, which is where we begin out best bets.
Hull to beat Swansea @ 15/8
Having lost four on the spin, the green shoots of recovery were in evidence when Hull nabbed an impressive point at Everton and were just a finishing touch away from downing West Brom.
Although Chelsea beat them at Stamford Bridge, the spirited performance offered more encouragement that the Tigers can finally secure the elusive win and with atrocious travellers Swansea in town, the opportunity is there.
Only Leicester and QPR have poorer records than Garry Monk’s side on their travels, where the Swans have lost their last four straight and only picked up two of 18 available points.
The Welsh club have also lost successive games before heading to the KC.
Hull to win 2-1 @ 9/1
During their last four Premier League defeats away from the Liberty Stadium the Swans have scored exactly once.
As the match odds suggest, this is likely to be a close-run thing adding credibility to the 2-1 Hull victory as the final score.
Swansea to score first 29 minutes or under @ 21/10
Another pattern of note which could well benefit punters is the Swans’ habit of taking leads in their away games only to be pegged back and ultimately rescind the points.
The last three times they have struck away league goals they’ve arrived before the break and on the last two occasion before 20 minutes has elapsed.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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