Manchester United v Hull City Betting Preview
Back Manchester United to make it nine wins in a row
Jose Mourinho may well have found the winning formula at Manchester United. His side have won eight games in a row in all competitions, and their standard of football has picked up significantly since the start of the season. They are now unbeaten in their last 14 since losing 2-1 to Fenerbahce at the start of November, and despite still sitting sixth in the Premier League table, the Red Devils are now only five points behind Liverpool in second.
In those 14 unbeaten games United have scored 32 goals, and only conceded eight. They look solid across all departments and now have the strength in depth to rotate the squad and still play to a very high standard – a big worry for Hull. Mourinho’s men comfortably saw off West Ham in the last round, coming out 4-1 winners, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar scoreline on Tuesday night.
New manager Marco Silva saw his time in charge get off to the perfect start at the weekend as Hull cruised past fellow strugglers Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup. The 2-0 win was their first victory in 11 games, and doesn’t hide the fact that they are in big trouble at the bottom of the Premier League.
The Tigers have only kept two clean sheets all season, both coming against Swansea (league and cup). They’ve also lost eight of their last nine away from home, so the statistics are stacking up against them for this semi-final first leg. They have the third-worst away record in the league, with only four points from ten games, but this is a cup competition and Silva’s men will be hoping to cause an upset at Old Trafford.
Hull haven’t beaten Manchester United since 1974, and their chances of ending that barren run here look slim. United have won 11 of the 12 meetings since, the latest a 1-0 victory in the league back in August. Hull have only scored one goal in the last four meetings and will be up against it. The last time they won at Old Trafford was way back in 1952, and that was the only time.
To score – Marcus Rashford 4/5
Cup competitions are the only route into the starting line-up for the young England forward under Jose Mourinho, but he’s impressed in his performances so far. Rashford netted twice against Reading in the FA Cup third round at the weekend and looks set to maintain his place in the team. He also scored a last-minute winner at the KCOM Stadium in the league back in August, and I’m backing him to find the net again here, priced at 4/5.
2.5 goals – Over 4/7
It’s been the case in six of the last eight meetings between the two, and I wouldn’t mind backing over 2.5 goals in this one. United are in a rich run of goalscoring form, and Hull’s defence looks vulnerable, so we could well see plenty of goals tomorrow night. In the last four meetings at Old Trafford, Manchester United have scored at least three goals, and twice they’ve netted four. I’m backing odds of 4/7 for over 2.5 goals here.
Match odds – Manchester United 1/5
It will be very difficult for Hull to come away with a result here, and they will be looking to minimise the damage heading into the second leg. United are in a fine run of form and look hard to beat at the moment, and I’m backing them to make it nine wins on the bounce at very short odds of 1/5. A draw, which would be a huge result for Marco Silva’s men, is priced at 13/2, or you can back odds of 16/1 for an away win.
Writer’s Prediction: Manchester United 3 – 0 Hull City
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