Hull City are in turmoil, despite their spirited performance against Manchester City on Boxing day, the 3-0 defeat condemned The Yorkshiremen to just one win in sixteen now and they look a side in real trouble. Everton are up next, a team who have just found their form, at the wrong time for The Tigers.
In the defeat to Man City they stuck resiliiently to the game plan set-up by Mike Phelan, but were undone by a poor challenge by left-back Andrew Robertson which led to a penalty being converted by Yaya Toure.
If Hull can stick to the plan set by their manager and keep a clean sheet this time out (10/3 with bet365 - Bet Here!) they have a chance of winning by nicking a goal with captain Michael Dawson always a danger from set pieces and for him to grab the goal (50/1 with Paddy Power - Bet Here!) in a 1-0 win (12/1 with bet365 - Bet Here!).
Can Michael Dawson nick a winner for his side?
Hull will need to compete in both halves of the game in order to stay with their opponents. Should Everton take a halftime lead, the KCOM crowd will need to get behind them to inspire them to go on and win in the second half (50/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!)
A much needed win last time against opponents Leicester helped stop a disastrous run of results for Everton away from Goodison Park. The blue side of Liverpool have been awful on their travels this season, having not won in the League since a 3-0 win against Sunderland in September.
The victory against Leicester included a goal from their talismanic striker Romelu Lukaku and he will see the game against struggling Hull as an opportunity to continue his scoring streak, and against a leaky Hull backline, Lukaku could find himself netting the first (10/3 with Betfair Sportsbook - Bet Here!).
Hull are struggling at the bottom of the League and Everton look like a team who is finally starting to find it's feet under Ronald Koeman, a comfortable 3-1 win looks possible (16/1 with bet365 - Bet Here!). Should Everton overrun Hull, opportunities late on could allow Leighton Baines to round off the game's scoring (14/1 with Coral - Bet Here!). Everton will look to get off to a fast start against a potentially stubborn team in Hull and to be leading within 15 minutes (5/1 with Coral - Bet Here!) could allow them to dominate the game and aim to score in both halves (2/1 with Betfair Sportsbook - Bet Here!) which may mean they win both halves of the game (2/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!). A strong performance and a win by Everton against a struggling Hull side looks increasingly likely (17/20 with Coral - Bet Here!)
Will Leighton Baines blast in from a free-kick or penalty to finish off Hull?
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- Hull have won only once at home this season since the opening day win against Leicester City.
- The Tigers have scored just seven times in their last 12 games.
- Just over a quarter (6) of Everton's goals have come by the way of a set piece.
- Everton win on average an impressive 19.6 aerial duels compared to Hull 13.9.
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Hull City look bereft of ideas, a good performance against Manchester City last time out was highlighted by their opponents ability to take their chances when they were on top, whereas they failed to do so in their last home fixture. Everton will look to ensure that they continue their good form by beating a Hull side who have only won twice at home all season. A game that looks fairly comfortable for the blue side of Merseyside looks very likely here, it may just be a case of how comfortable.
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