Pick Man. U. -182 vs. Hull City in your Soccer Picks

Nila Amerova

Saturday, December 21, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Hull City and Manchester United collide in week 18 EPL betting. Find out what the odds makers are offering in various soccer betting markets and where the angles for profit can be found.

Hull City at the disadvantage at home

Hull City have a winnable match against West Bromwich Albion before them at the weekend before they take on Manchester United on Boxing Day. Put another way, they certainly have a chance to take some points over the course of the next two matches, albeit more so in the former than the latter.

Then again, Hull City did shock Liverpool earlier this month when they beat the in-form Reds 3-1 at Kingston Communications Stadium, shocking sports betting markets across all online platforms. A win that suggests they shouldn’t be underestimated even if sportsbooks are doing just that by listing the Tigers as whopping +475 soccer-betting underdogs to win outright at home. But chances are that was a one-off, a rare win against a big club that took its eye off the prize for just a second and it’s going to be exceedingly difficult (if not impossible) for the Tigers to duplicate it with another over Man U.

On paper the clash against Manchester United is a mismatch, correctly represented by the soccer betting market on hand. The Tigers are currently 12th in the table – ahead of week 17 EPL betting, that is – on the back of a modest 5-4-7 record and 19 points, a Premier League mark that is largely built on positive results at home where they are 4-3-1 to date. Extending that positive home form at the expense of a revived Man U is easier said than done, especially when immediately after clinching the big win over Liverpool, Hull City settled on a rather lacklustre scoreless draw to Stoke City.

Manchester United road favourites

Sportsbooks send Man United into their clash on the road to Hull City as the decided favourites at -182 to win outright. Underscoring those fancied soccer odds is a positive run of form that augurs well for the Red Devils as they attempt to recover some lost ground in the table and includes three straight wins across all competitions: 1-0 over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Old Trafford, and 3-0 over Aston Villa and 2-0 over Stoke City, both of which were deposited on the road.

Man U are currently sat pretty in eighth place in the table on the back of a 7-4-5 record, which includes a 4-2-2 road record and 25 points. They are ten points behind Arsenal, eight points behind Chelsea and Liverpool, and just seven points behind city rivals and odds makers’ favourites for the Premier League title, Manchester City.

Unlike the other credible title threats this season that have some pivotal clashes ahead on the schedule, Man U have less celebrated opposition to contend with during the merry season – for instance, Arsenal have to face off against Chelsea in week 17 while Man City and Liverpool are slated to collide in week 18. Man U merely have to overcome West Ham United and Hull City, a back-to-back stretch that is practically gift-wrapped by bookmakers as an early present of precious six points with favourable soccer odds in both clashes.

Soccer Betting Verdict: Many doubt the Red Devils and their pedigree this season and understandably so – too many frustrating results and surprises have led to this overwhelmingly negative outlook and correlates to excessively large +2200 soccer odds to win the title at Bet365.

Still, recent form has been extremely encouraging, highlighted by their trademark tenacity and enduring will to accomplish the required results, no matter how dullard or lacking in flair and creativity those are. After all, winning is winning. Points are points. Both precious towards summing up the Premier League equation. And what Man U have before them is an opportunity to get back-to-back wins and take maximum points. Neither West Ham United nor Hull City strike a particularly threatening pose and therefore Man U is our recommended soccer pick against both. Take Man U to beat Hull City on the road at -182 soccer odds at Bet365. We also recommend the Under 2.5 at -118 and Man U to win both halves at +140 as your bonus soccer pick to consider.

Soccer Free Picks: Man U at -182 to win outright; Under 2.5 at -118

Bonus Free Picks: Man U to win both halves at +140

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