Newcastle United v Hull: Uruguayan to compound Pardew misery
Under pressure to secure a result that could well keep him in the top job at Newcastle, Alan Pardew will be hoping the backing of the Toon support will be enough to see the Magpies over the line.
The Tyneside club start the game as 23/20 favourites for victory with Ladbrokes, who have priced the draw at a tempting 12/5.
But Hull’s fine record in Newcastle, coupled with a whole host of injuries for the Toon makes the 13/5 on a Tigers win a tempting prospect.
Here are three equalling enticing tips to consider ahead of kick-off.
Snapped up for £9m on transfer deadline day, Hull’s new hotshot hit the ground running with a goal on his debut against West Ham on Monday.
“I dream of Newcastle, Real or Atletico for the future,” the then-Palermo striker said a few months ago. With the Magpies failing to make a move for the forward, who scored 14 goals in 28 Serie B games last term, Hernandez could come back to haunt them with a goal here.
Allowing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to move to AS Roma on loan a few weeks back is looking an increasingly foolish decision for a Newcastle team that has shipped the second highest number of goals in the Premier League so far this season with nine conceded in just four games.
The Toon’s most recent outing at St James’ Park was a goalfest too, with Wilfried Zaha snatching a late equaliser for Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw. Hull have had their fair share of high-scoring games too, the most recent being a 2-2 stalemate with West Ham. We could be in for a thriller.
The Tigers may have beefed up their attack somewhat over the past few weeks but don’t be surprised to see Steve Bruce’s team sneak victory by a single goal against a notably poor Newcastle team.
All three of Hull’s competitive victories this season have come by a single goal while each of the three wins they have collected on their three previous visits to St James’ Park have come by the margin of single goal.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
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