Manchester United will be keen to exact some revenge on Hull City when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The Tigers caused a shock by defeating the Red Devils 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg last week but, despite the result, Jose Mourinho’s men still managed to progress to the final where they will meet Southampton, having won the opening leg 2-0.
United currently sit sixth in the table and bounced back on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Wigan in the FA Cup.
That defeat to Hull ended their run of 17 unbeaten and with a top-four place still their goal, United will fancy themselves to justify their position as the 1/6 favourites.
Mourinho rested many of his stars against the Latics and is likely to recall the likes of Michael Carrick, David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is the 21/10 favourite to open the scoring.
They also have a good record against the East Yorkshire outfit, having won the last five meetings between the pair at Old Trafford.
Hull, 18th in the table, have lost their last nine away games in the league and were again shown up as they went down 4-1 at Fulham in the FA Cup.
Despite Sunday’s defeat, Marco Silva has undoubtedly made a difference to the Tigers and, taking this into account, some punters may well be tempted by the 16/1 on offer for an away win, while the draw is 13/2.
Curtis Davies picked up another injury at Craven Cottage and that could see Andrea Ranocchia make his debut after joining on loan from Inter Milan.
With Robert Snodgrass leaving for West Ham, Abel Hernandez looks like his side’s best option for goals and is 9/2 to score at anytime, although it was Oumar Niasse who netted the winner in last week’s game and he is priced at 23/4 in the same market.
Despite their recent triumph against United, Hull are unlikely to enjoy similar success on this occasion.
Another 2-0 victory for the Red Devils at 9/2 appears a sensible bet, while a home win to zero at 5/8 may not be enough to tempt punters, and they may instead look at the 5/4 on offer for over 3.5 goals.
In truth, anything but a home win appears improbable and United should continue to put the pressure on those above them with another three points.
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