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Meet the Brighton hotshot who can dump Hull out of the FA Cup

| 17.02.2014

The weekend’s FA Cup action draws to a close with Hull’s trip to Brighton and the hosts’ in-form Argentine top-scorer Leonardo Ulloa is a worthy favourite at 5/1 to bag the first goal at the Amex.

Ulloa has followed up a return of nine Championship strikes in 17 appearances in the second half of last season, after being signed by former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet 12 months ago, with eight in 16 starts this term and five of those efforts have opened the scoring in their respective matches.

The former Almeria striker bagged the only goals in both his side’s 1-0 league wins prior to this match, at home to Doncaster and Leeds, and the 25/1 about this scorecast coming up for the third match in a row has to be worth a couple of quid, while the merits of punting on a repeat 1-0 scoreline at 13/2 have already been detailed by Matt Wiggins on these pages.

Poyet will return to the south coast with Sunderland for a quarter-final clash against his old employers if Brighton can see off the Tigers, who will be without new signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic as both are cup-tied.

Bar that £12m-plus pair, none of Hull’s players have managed to strike in seven Premier League games since the New Year’s Eve bunting came down.

Steve Bruce is likely to start with Matty Fryatt up front and while the 27-year-old grabbed a brace in the last round of the FA Cup, that was against a Southend outfit who currently sit seventh in League Two.

Brighton are 48 places higher in the league ladder than the Shrimpers, have the joint-second best defensive record in the Championship and are unbeaten at home since the start of December, winning five times and drawing twice at the Amex over the last two and a half months.

Hull are no mugs in this competition and have won on the road in both of the previous rounds, but with their gold-plated strike duo unavailable, and with Ulloa firing on all cylinders, backing the Brighton man to bag first at 5s looks the way to play here.

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

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Alex Fortune