Hull City v Burnley betting tips – Can the Tigers get back on track?
Hull City's promotion ambitions have taken a battering of late
December 21st, 2015
Hull City will be desperate to bounce back from their recent disappointments with a much needed win against Burnley at the KC Stadium.
Following a decent start to the season, the Tigers have been struggling slightly of late. They topped the Championship table in November but fell from pole position following successive league defeats to Derby County and Leeds United. Back-to-back wins over Bolton and Reading have since given way to another defeat, this time to Rotherham United.
Not exactly inspiring stuff, and Millers goals from Joe Newell and Lee Frecklington ensured that Hull would endure their fifth league defeat of the season, Tigers boss Steve Bruce far from pleased with the latest result. He said:
“That’s the Championship and on a day like today when it’s swirling around the one thing you can’t do is make the defensive errors we have made. We have gifted them the two goals. We have given them a lifeline with the penalty.
“The first goal for them was always going to be important and then to top it all off with some of the chances we have missed, we really needing to be taking them if we are going to come here and win.
“If we are going to be where we want to be then we have to be more clinical our finishing in good positions was awful. We have created six or seven really good chances and we haven’t taken one so that adds up to a really miserable afternoon. I really want to go home and start again tomorrow.”
Burnley are slowly moving in the opposite direction and following an emphatic 4-0 win over Charlton Athletic at the weekend, they will be confident of closing the three point gap against their opponents this weekend. Burnley are 3/1 with William Hill to win on Saturday.
Sean Dyche’s side had endured a six-game winless run prior to that win, however goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes as well as a brace from Scott Arfield ensured that they moved further into the play-off places heading towards the festive period.
Following the win, Clarets boss Dyche was full of praise for Arfield and the team in general, saying:
“Scott has got toughness to his character, relentlessness to his character and it served him well. Yet again, it’s the inner belief these lads should have from a season in the Premier League but it’s not an easy season just because we have come down.
“You get more growth out of that than you do if it was all easy all the time. I reminded them of that at half-time to go and play with that freedom that I expect from them.
“It still takes time for teams to mould. We’ve had big players leave this football club and we’ve had to bring what we feel are very good players in. It’s still moulding. It’s still forming. Second half I think is as fluid as it has been. That could have been even more and some of the goals I thought were terrific.”
There isn’t much to choose between these two sides to be honest, although with Hull City being particularly solid at the KC Stadium with just one home defeat all season in all competitions, we’ll be siding with Saturday’s hosts to put a dent in Burnley’s promotion ambitions by taking all three points in this clash.