Saturday's Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City Premier League Soccer Pick

Lee Phelps

Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:45 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 14, 2015 8:45 PM GMT

The question ahead of this game at White Hart Lane is who wants it most. The answer has to be Hull, but does William Hill's Lee Phelps think that is enough to back them on the odds. Check out his thoughts and free betting pick.

The Premier League enters its penultimate weekend with Tottenham players thinking of new contracts, new clubs and a new tan from their impending holiday. Soccer odds makers know that Hull are desperate for three points to preserve their top flight status.

 

Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino’s comments about the Europa League and his team’s performances give gamblers all the excuses they need to oppose Spurs in recent weeks. It’s now one win in the last six games and that was at a Newcastle side who looked to have given up the ghost at the time.

The result and performance at Stoke was the worst yet and was emphasized by a Potters’ team that wanted to finish as high up the table as possible and were playing under a manager who won’t let them let up.

Interestingly it’s the manager who is coming under question from the fans. Writing on Thetottenhamway.com Dan Kilpatrick raises some questions about the man in charge:

“Is it possible to be fully behind Mauricio Pochettino but also incredibly worried about some of his decisions? Because if so, that’s me. The great unwashed (on Facebook, Twitter and beyond) visibly turned sour after Spurs’ latest defeat and while there is no suggestion Poche is under any real pressure, Spurs’ miserable finish to the campaign (which could still get worse, with battling Hull and in-form Everton still to come) has undoubtedly made life a little more uncomfortable for the Argentine. If Spurs don’t start next season promisingly, he could start to come under some actual pressure from the terraces, which always gives Daniel Levy itching fingers.

Pochettino’s decision to drop Danny Rose to the bench and move Chiriches into the centre obviously backfired (perhaps Rose had a knock?) but more generally, it’s his reluctance to change personnel that most frustrates me. Why not give Dembele a run at no.10? Could he do any worse than Eriksen has of late? Or try Paulinho in the holding role in place of Mason for more than one match? Then we might know if he has a future at Spurs as a back-up to Bentaleb next term. Or give Yedlin some more minutes, rather than persisting with Chiriches, who evidently has no future. It’s all a bit late now and it seems unlikely to change against Hull or Everton.”

From a betting point of view, you have to expect the Spurs faithful to become frustrated if Hull try to shut the game down and I can’t see the home players having enough motivation to want to change the supporters’ thoughts this season.

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Hull City
It’s obvious to say that the Tigers cannot lose at White Hart Lane this weekend, so put yourself in Steve Bruce’s shoes. Do you go for the win and make the game open or keep it very tight with the chance you can grab a goal and potentially get a point.

The last game of the season is Manchester United in East Yorkshire. That will be a United side who have nothing to play for and Hull should still be in with a fighting chance, with their superior goal difference to the struggling teams around them.

Bruce hasn’t sounded exactly full of confidence this week: "We have to make sure we take it to the last day against Manchester United. Who knows what will happen then? We've seen strange results again. Teams expected to win haven't and the bottom teams are winning. Leicester, in particular, have produced another win (against Southampton) which is quite remarkable. We need a reaction."

With only three wins all season on the road and the third worst away attack in the league it is a big ask to go to North London and take all three points back up the M1, so I’m looking at a tight game.

 

Soccer Picks
I do think the draw is a big play here at 4.0 (3/1) but I won’t be playing the result, but instead I’m looking at low on the goals. 11 of Hull’s 18 away games have featured under 2.5 goals and with Spurs’ recent struggles in front of goal that’s where I’m going with my soccer picks here. 

Free Soccer Pick: Under 2.5 goals 2.2 (11/10) at William Hill

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