Hull v Stoke: Tigers picked to edge low-scoring affair

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Many Premier League encounters are an easy sell for Sky Sports but on current form Hull v Stoke is not going to be one of them.

Both sides are struggling for goals so far this term and with four of the last seven meetings between the two finishing all square another tight affair looks to be on the cards.

But, while the game seems destined to be won or lost by the narrowest of margins it is the Tigers who will be most confident of taking all three points.

Steve Bruce’s side have lost just once at the KC stadium in the Premier League this term and have taken maximum points on four occasions, making them worthy favourites at 5/4.

The Tiger’s are averaging a goal a game in front of their home fans, while the Potters lay claim to the same average on the road, meaning a low scoring match is in the offing.

As such, the 6/1 on offer for a 1-0 Hull win – a result the KC faithful have witnessed three times already this term – looks too good to resist.

Stoke’s problems away from the Britannia (one win from seven attempts) are largely down to a lack of attacking prowess.

Peter Crouch is the only attacker on the Potters’ staff to have notched more than one goal this term and he has a grand total of just two.

However, those anticipating an away goal may be swayed by the 11/2 that says the sides will play out a 1-1 draw for the fifth time in eight meetings.

Barring an abrupt improvement from either side’s attackers, the safest bets look likely to be in the Total Goals markets where under 1.5 is priced at 15/8 and the 8/13 on under 2.5 can be viewed as a licence to print money.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.