Hull City vs Everton 01/01/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Everton vs Hull City
Thursday 1st January 2015 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Hull City 12/5 Draw 12/5 Everton 13/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Live Extra, Directv
Hull City will take on Everton at the KC Stadium with both teams in desperate need of a win. Everton have now lost five of their last six in all competitions and have fallen to twelfth in the league table. After finishing just outside the top four last season the Toffees were expected to kick on but they have gone backwards. Lukaku and Eto are struggling to find the net, Naismith and Mirallas just havent been able to contribute enough offensively and Everton's best players have been their fullbacks Coleman and Baines. The center back pairing have made too many mistakes and the injury to James McCarthy has robbed Roberto Martinez of arguably his most important player. Ross Barkley has shown patches of brilliance but has struggled for consistancy. Everton must start winning if they are to get back to the top six but that looks a big ask right now.
With a home loss to Leicester City at the weekend Hull slipped to their fourth defeat in their last five home matches and are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Steve Bruce's side have struggled to score goals and this is why they are where they are. With only twenty six goals conceded Hull have a solid defence and decent goalkeeper but they have only managed sixteen goals this term. Good for fourth worst in the league.Brady, Hernandez and Jelavich simply need to start scoring more.
Tough game to handicap here. I would like to take Hull on the handicap but not sure I trust them to score. The one thing I do know though is that at 7/5 Everton seem to be very short for an away team that has lost four of its last five away from home. This is why I am taking Hull +1 on the handicap. Hull are probably worth a look at 23/10 the price is big and the Tigers were very unlucky to lose to Leicester on Sunday.
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