After a pre-season beset with problems off the field, not least losing manager Steve Bruce just before the off, Hull City roared into the Premier League with seven points from their opening four fixtures.
A few players finally came in, Mike Phelan was appointed manager on a full time basis and all seemed right with the world. Well, unfortunately most of the time the Premier League doesn’t do fairy tales (unless you’re a Leicester City fan of course).
The wheels came off The Tigers wagon faster than Samir Nasri can delete a tweet as they’ve only picked up five points in the 14 games since that impressive opening salvo.
Meanwhile, results for their Friday-night opponents, Everton, have been more mixed than that box of sweets your mother poured all the left over Christmas chocolates into. So how do you predict a game like Friday’s?
Let’s have a go!
Ronald Koeman’s dream start to life at Goodison Park has well and truly come to an end and Everton’s struggles of late have been well documented.
After beating West Ham at the end of October, fans in the blue half of Liverpool had to wait six weeks and five games before seeing another against Arsenal earlier this month. A late derby loss to Liverpool followed, but the Toffees showed off a hard shell beating champions Leicester 2-0 away last time out.
As for Hull, well look away now if you love the Tigers! They’ve lost 11 times in their last 14 games and that kind of form usually only ends one way. Rock bottom of the Premier League.
Their latest loss came at the hands of Manchester City last Saturday evening. Having managed to hold their own for 70 minutes or so they folded like a house of cards to go down 3-0 at home.
Unless there’s a huge squad investment in January, you’d suspect that the only zoo you’ll see these Tigers next season will be in the Championship’s.
With Everton being heavy favourites at and home side Hull an outside , the punt that’s tickled our fancy the most comes in the form of Everton to win to nil at .
Everton managed the feat in their last contest and we believe a repeat could be on the cards, especially when you consider the toothless form of the Tigers. They haven’t managed to snare a single goal in any of their last four defeats.
Also our former Hotshot Jackpot king Romelu Lukaku is in red-hot form and must be worth an punt to score the first goal at the KCOM Stadium.
He loves an away day too, seven of his 10 strikes this campaign have come outside of Goodison Park. Don’t say you weren’t warned!