Manchester United v Hull Preview – 10th January 2017
Manchester Untied and Hull safely navigated through their FA Cup third round ties on the weekend. That boost of confidence will be particularly welcome for Hull under new manager Marco Silva but the stakes are raised considerably on Tuesday night with the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
Just two games separate Man Utd and Hull from a Wembley final but it’s already a done deal if you believe the bookies’ odds. The best price you can get on Man Utd in the to qualify market is the 1/6 that Betway are quoting. That’s a short enough price to have even the most optimistic Hull fan thinking twice but are there any glimmers of hope for the Tigers?
Well, new manager Silva does seem to have had an impact in the very early stages of his time in charge. Eyebrows were raised when the former Sporting and Olympiakos manager replaced Mike Phelan at the KCOM Stadium. He has no Premier League experience and has to work alongside the club’s difficult board but the team clearly needed a fresh impetus in their battle against relegation. The (very) early signs were good with the 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday but beating Man Utd at Old Trafford? That’s a different task altogether.
The EFL Cup would not have sat high of Man Utd’s priorities at the start of the season but it’s a competition that has been good to Jose Mourinho in the past. He used the chance to win some silverware relatively early in the season to good effect in both his spells in charge of Chelsea and he’s certainly taken the tournament seriously this season.
Mourinho rested some of his key players for the comfortable FA Cup win over Reading so expect a strong home team to take to the field on Tuesday. However, there is little appeal in backing Man Utd to win at 1/5 with Sky Bet. Thankfully, there are other routes to greater profit.
The first of these is betting on Man Utd to win and over 2.5 goals being scored at 3/4 with Sportingbet. United have scored at least three goals in all their home games against Hull in the Premier League while the Tigers have conceded eight goals in their last three league matches. Mourinho will be doing everything in his power to kill this tie before the second leg so a big home win looks to be on the cards.
Another way of making a little more from a confident Man Utd performance is backing the home side to win both halves. While the win against Swansea was welcome, Hull’s confidence remains fragile. Mourinho will fire his troops up to take an early lead and he’s got several pacey, attacking options on the bench who can capitalise on any heavy legs in the Hull defence. So, the 13/10 that Coral are quoting on Man Utd winning both halves looks well worth a bet.
Finally, it may well be worth backing a penalty to be awarded in the match at 9/5 with Paddy Power. When you add fast players coming off the bench to terrorise tired defenders you’ve got a recipe for an ill-timed challenge or two. A late penalty could be enough to tilt this tie firmly in Man Utd’s direction.
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