Derby and Hull Enter the Playoff for the Premier LeaguePublished May 13, 2016 by Florin P
Derby and Hull chase promotion dream at iPro Stadium (12:30 p.m UK Time).
Hull’s brief love affair with the Premier League ended badly, as the team failed to survive for consecutive seasons in the first division. They were eventually relegated to the Championship and are now trying to return among the elite English teams. Derby is blocking their way and even though the visitors have the first chance overall, the outcome of the first leg could be decisive.
Promising Results for the Home Side
Derby has an abysmal overall record against Hull, but this season they managed to win both games on home and on the road. This means a great deal ahead of this fixture, because confidence is at its highest and the home side will be aiming for all three points. With both squads having an excellent home record, it is imperative for Derby not to settle for a draw because the second leg promises to be tough.
After winning four consecutive games in early April, Derby sunk into near irrelevance and failed to win any of the last three games. That’s why they are in the playoffs for the first place, but they can change their fortunes if they win the first leg. That’s why manager Wassall will be using an aggressive starting formation with three strikers and will try to exercise constant pressure on the visiting team.
Too Little Too Late for Hull
The visitors are the team in better form, but the late-season surge was not enough to compensate for the dismal performance in February and March. They had a shot at qualifying directly, but the long winless streak sent them here to the playoffs. The visitors will be trying to solve the matter of qualification in the second leg and that’s why they will be defending at iPro Stadium.
bet365 Sports offers great odds of 4/5 on a home win while also returning the stakes if the match ends undecided. The Draw no Bet is a great choice for risk-averse punters who are frightened by Hull’s recent form, but still trust Derby.