Essentially for Hull City, the hard part is over. They have made the daunting trip to face all bar three of the league’s top 10 sides and, with a not completely unexpected meagre three points to their name as a result, have had to rely on home form to keep their heads above water.
Luckily for them their results at the KC Stadium have been extremely positive, losing just once in eight games there so far.
So, with such confidence running through their veins at home, welcoming the likes of Manchester United to their humble abode won’t be such a daunting prospect.
That’s not to say that Ladbrokes expect them to win, which their odds as 9/2 outsiders attests. Instead it is David Moyes’ side that go into proceedings as 3/5 favourites with the draw a lengthy 3/1 possibility.
Those one-sided odds tend to mask just how difficult a proposition Hull are to overcome in their own surroundings, as current-top-of-the-table side Liverpool found out when they left Humberside with a 3-1 defeat against their record.
However, the fact that United have bested their orange shirted rivals in all four of their Premier League meetings, scoring a combined 12 goals in that time, will perhaps do little to persuade Ladbrokes customers to back an upset.
Much more likely is for them to receive a festive payout on the 17/20 about both teams scoring. Man United have only kept one clean sheet in their away league games this season, conceding to sides as good as Manchester City and as bad as Sunderland.
Couple that with the fact that Hull have scored in all but three of their home games this term and a punt on goals flying in at both ends looks the best way forward for this match.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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