Hull sit second from bottom and have now conceded in 16 straight games across all competitions, but they host another struggling team in Palace who sit just a point away from safety, so their hopes of moving out of the bottom three will be reasonably high. Alan Pardew cannot rest on his laurels after the 3-0 home win over Southampton: the six straight defeats prior to that win will have given supporters real cause for concern, and relegation fears will return if they cannot take points home from the North East.
One major concern Hull will have is their ability to create chances: they failed to register a shot on target until stoppage time against Middlesbrough, and a further injury setback to Abel Hernandez in training this week will not have helped a situation that has seen them score only four goals in their last six home games. Crystal Palace have averaged 2.4 goals a game over their last five games, but they have also been extremely leaky at the back, conceding 14 in four prior to last weekend’s clean sheet. Given that they’ve kept only one clean sheet in 10 road games against bottom-six sides. Hull will fancy themselves to get on the scoresheet at the very least.
Both these teams have been inconsistent in recent weeks, so it’s hard to pick a result for this one. Given that both teams have been leaky at the back, however, we think that both teams to score is a good bet.
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