A decent striker can be the difference between survival and relegation in the Premier League and after some scoring debuts Hull and West Ham will be more confident of staying up.
The Tigers’ Abel Hernandez marked his first Hull game with the opening goal in Monday night’s 2-2 draw with West Ham.
However, the standout strike of the match came courtesy of West Ham’s Enner Valencia’s who was making his first league start for the Irons.
The Ecuadorian’s thumping long range effort restored parity on the night and gave Hammers fans a glimpse of what they can expect as the season goes on.
With both strikers getting off to a scoring start Ladbrokes has made the teams the subject of its latest Breaking Bets market, with a double survival priced up at 4/9.
West Ham are 3/1 for relegation and Hull are 4/1 for the drop but, despite a share of the spoils at the KC Stadium, both sides will be confident of prolonging their Premier League stay if their newly-recruited attackers can continue their goalscoring form.
Irons boss Sam Allardyce will be confident of more goals from Valencia, who has now proven adept at scoring at every level he has played.
The former Pachuca hitman fired 18 goals in 23 starts for the Mexican outfit but really caught Big Sam’s eye with his summer displays which brought an international goal against England and three goals from three World Cup games.
Hull boss Steve Bruce will also feel somewhat vindicated after placing his faith in Hernandez despite some questioning his ability to step up to Premier League level.
The Uruguayan fired 14 goals in 30 Serie B games for Palermo last year but with an international record of eight goals in 16 games Bruce was convinced the 24-year-old would thrive in the English top flight.
His well taken goal will go some way to repaying that faith and if more follow Hull could be sitting pretty, alongside West Ham, in May,
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