Hull Tries to Capitalize on Everton's Road StrugglesPublished December 30, 2016 by Florin P
Hull seeks vital three points against Everton in its quest to avoid relegation (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Hull managed to avoid relegation for back-to-back seasons, but the team is now struggling heavily at the bottom of the standings. With just 12 points in 17 rounds, they need to turn the ship around quickly if they are to stand a chance. 2017 could be a better year for them, but they hope to wrap up this year by defeating Everton in front of their fans.
Six Players Injured or Suspended
This is a faithful number for both Hull and Everton, who have to do without six of their key footballers. The busy schedule which involved games in the Premier League as well as the domestic cups took their toll. Hull lost a pair of offensive footballers and their midfield is also battered, but the defenses are intact. Against Everton they are hoping to claim all three points, but a draw wouldn’t be regarded as a failure.
Hull lost 3 of the last 4 games, but all of them were played on the road. By comparison, they managed to score 3 times at home against Crystal Palace when they had home pitch advantage. Everton isn’t the best defensive team in the league and will have a hard time keeping a clean sheet at KCOM Stadium.
Poor Traveling Record for Everton
The visitors have a hard time staying in the first half of the standings, mostly due to the way they perform on the road. With just two victories away from home and both of them against teams likely to relegate, they are not a threat to anyone. Against Hull they would normally aim for victory, but injuries hurt them.
bet365 Sports offers even odds on Hull to win or draw, which is great value under the circumstances. They might be sitting in the last place, but their performance at home is much better and could walk away with a point. The hosts are hoping for victory, but will play as if they were setting for draw.