Hull out to spoil Sunderland’s gleaming 100 per cent record
While not the most glamorous fixture on the calendar, Hull vs Sunderland does arouse a degree of curiosity.
Which, if any, of these two, enquiring minds may wonder, should you bet on to go down? Was Sunderland’s first win of the season against Newcastle the beginning of a Poyet-led revival, or just an explosion of local pride?
And can Hull put an end to a record of total failure against the Black Cats?
These two have met four times in the Premier League, and Sunderland have won all four of them, two by a 1-0 scoreline, one home and away, and two by a 4-1 scoreline.
If you’re of a mind to interpret this as a streak which is long overdue to end, then Hull are 11/10 to win, or 9/4 to draw. If you prefer to see a continuation of the pattern as more likely, then get on Sunderland at 5/2.
For super-patternists, a Sunderland 4-1 win, the next score required to prolong the sequence, is available at 125/1.
Hull, however, can mount their own pattern-based defence to that argument, in that so far this season they have lost to teams above them, and not lost to teams further down the table.
In their four home games to teams beneath them, they have won two and drawn two, with none of those games registering more than two goals.
You can take the under 2.5 goals bet at 8/13, or fight against the tyranny of the streak by opposing it at 6/5.
Those doubting Sunderland’s ability to string any sort of form together, should look at last season’s results. Although the Black Cats only narrowly escaped relegation last season, they managed to put together a few mini-runs, of sorts. On three occasions they followed up a win with another win.
Looking ahead, if you want to anticipate the odds shifting against you in the relegation market following this game’s result though, you can take Sunderland at 8/11, or Hull at a juicier 11/5.