Unfortunate injuries to stars scupper Hull’s Liverpool chances

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If a Family Fortunes-style survey was taken about who the most exciting Premier League team to watch this season would be there is a fair chance that Hull wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of it.

However Tigers’ games are among the most goal-laden in the top-flight, with the 3.25 strikes their matches see on average only ranking behind Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United.

That’s fairly illustrious company and is great news for the neutral, although for those who don the club’s burnt orange kit in support it’s a bittersweet pill.

All the attacking vigour that Mohamed Diame, Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez have shown has been undone by the side’s inability to shut out their opposition, despite far-from-terrible performances by Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies and James Chester.

Three points against Arsenal last time out was only denied by a late Danny Welbeck strike. The one point they ended up with would have been received through gritted teeth as it was a perfect time to play a top-class, but injury-ravaged, Gunners.

A similar storyline surrounds Hull’s next Premier League assignment, as they face a Liverpool outfit struggling with their identity like a gap-year student on a mission to “find themselves”.

Bruce takes his troops to Anfield as the 13/2 outsiders for victory, a shorter price than the one they were handed for their Emirates trip, although this time an upset will be harder to come by.

Both Dawson and Jelavic will be absent having picked up injuries in north London and, as two of the side’s best performers over the campaign’s opening gambit, will be difficult to replace.

The former Spurs defender has started six of the club’s eight games since his arrival, while the Croat has found some form with four goals in his seven starts.

But while their absence may help the entertainment remain in place (it’s 29/20 that there’s over 3.5 goals at Anfield), there’s no guarantee it will bring the Tigers any more points.

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Matt Wiggins

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